Three Books About The Wilkes-Barre Area School District   The Big Toxic School   Corruption in the Wilkes-Barre Area School District   The Chronicle of Inept Governance & Corrective Actions.

The Big Toxic School!

Wilkes-Barre Area’s Tale of Corruption, Deception, Taxation & Tyranny

A struggle for safe, enduring neighborhood schools.

We can’t wait until there are no WB high schools and the tax burden is unsustainable.

As the title says, this book describes the travesty perpetrated by the now famous corrupt Wilkes-Barre Area School Board. Ask the Auditor General how the board is doing so far. Not so good!  

The Citizens Voice signaled hope for Wilkes-Barre Area in a February 2019 article: Since the article was written the candidates have changed to the names below: 

On November 5 in the General Election, please vote for the five Save Our Schools  (SOS) endorsed candidates for School Director. Do not vote for any of the current members of the board. They have betrayed us. They have not represented the Citizens of Wilkes-Barre well and because of them, our taxes will be heading through the roof; Wilkes-Barre will have no high schools; and WB Area students will be breathing in toxic waste eight hours a day.


To repeat, please vote for the five endorsed Save Our Schools candidates. Three won the May primary and their names will be on the ballot:  Terry Schiowitz, Robin Shudak, and Beth Anne Owens.  Debra Formola and Jody Bush are also endorsed by SOS and are running as write-in candidates at the people’s request. See the flier at the end of this article to learn how to use the write-in facilities of the County voting machines. 


Please note that together, these candidates, all five of them, will form a large enough voice for the people to survive the WB Area School Board’s betrayal of its citizenry. Finally, the people will prevail in this major travesty.

Time to end W-B Area board’s intimidation,


Editor: What do outdated, scarce textbooks and supply shortages have in common with administrative raises, cavalier hiring, crumbling buildings, nepotism, crippling debt and misspent funds? It’s their home at the Wilkes-Barre Area School District.

Three incumbent board members are seeking reelection despite a gruesome record of achievement: Student performance is abysmal, taxes, the highest allowed by law, and nearly every facility fails state standards. One historic high school is unusable and abandoned. Two others have been systemically neglected and may meet the same fate. The board’s remedy which has yet to be fleshed out could cost a quarter of a billion dollars. While not all these problems are attributable to these three board members, in their first facility foray, these incumbents spent $4.9 million on a consolidated school site without zoning approval which ultimately was denied. Under this board, a surplus has rapidly approached a $70 million deficit. The fiscal response was “Pathway to the Future” which cut 37 teachers who served the very programs which keep some of our students in school. Further teacher and program cuts are to follow. In the meantime, administrators were getting raises and buyout incentives. A proposed high school consolidation does not include GAR, the high school with the largest number of impoverished children. Candidates Thomas, Caffrey and Evans approved this plan. While GAR students keep their neighborhood schools, they will not share in state of the art technology. A more recent iteration of the “plan” leaves the city without a high school, altogether, which will be a death knell for our neighborhoods.

An Obituary printed in the London Times.....Absolutely Brilliant!! Postscript uses poetic license. 

Today we mourn the passing of a beloved old friend, Common Sense, who has been with us for many years. 

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For now to offer your thoughts, use the blog post on the front page and offer a comment on the article titled Blog Posts.

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You may substitute Times Leader for Citizens Voice in your search but the Times leader has not been as proactive to help citizens as has been the Voice.


At 2PM on one of the most dismal days of this new summer, Saturday, June 17, 2015, thanks to organizer Lisa Barth, hundreds of Meyers High School supporters joined together to send a loud and clear message to the Wilkes-Barre Area School Board. "End your foolishness before it goes any further."

Press Release: 

June 18, 2015

The Wilkes-Barre Area School Board, after going through the motions pretending it was not a Dunn Deal, on Wednesday June 10, 2015, finally announced their plans to build a brand spanking new high school. They not only made a poor decision, they made it worse by picking the smallest spot available where Coughlin now stands.

I saw a good article today about nepotism in the WBASD. I was surprised that the Times Leader would risk its neutral stance on everything to offer a bone to citizens of Wilkes-Barre. Yet, they did. If you find my comment then they are not in the editing out business for those who they deem not worthy. Check out the article and the comments at:

Press Release June 15, 2015: Save Wilkes-Barre Schools ( is a web site initiative launched recently to help persuade the WB School Board, which we the citizens elected, to reconsider their recent decision to destroy Wilkes-Barre's legacy high schools and the accompanying positive culture created by neighborhood schools. More will be released on the web site soon. 

This site is for Wilkes-Barre residents to interact about the destruction or preservation of Coughlin, Meyers, & GAR High Schools. We may be recommending that write-in candidates present themselves for election to the Wilkes-Barre School Board this fall as the only way to stop this travesty to save our schools may be to throw out the existing school board. More to follow: