|Scranton Board of Education, At-large|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 5, 2013|
|Appointed||April 5, 2013|
- 1 Biography
- 2 Elections
- 3 What was at stake?
- 4 About the district
- 5 Recent news
- 6 See also
- 7 External links
- 8 References
Douaihy's appointment was opposed by board members Kathleen McGuigan and Jason Shrive in Lakawanna County Court. McGuigan and Shrive argued that the notice for the April 5 special board meeting advertised selection of a replacement for O'Shea without mentioning that O'Shea was resigning from the board. The case went to the county court because the District Attorney and the Attorney General of Pennsylvania did not take up legal action. McGuigan and Shrive dropped their case in August to ensure that O'Shea's seat would be on the November ballot.
Douaihy was a teacher in Scranton School District until his retirement. He currently teaches part-time at the University of Scranton.
|Scranton School District, At-large General Election, 4-year term, 2013|
|Cross filed||Cy Douaihy Incumbent||18.4%||8,354|
|Cross filed||Bob Sheridan Incumbent||16.9%||7,648|
|Republican||Bob Lesh Incumbent||13.1%||5,938|
|Source: Lackawanna County, "Certified Election Results," accessed December 14, 2013]|
Douaihy placed second in the May 21 Democratic primary and fourth in the May 21 Republican primary. He appeared on the ballot as a Democratic and Republican candidate in the general election held on November 5, 2013.
|Scranton School District, Democratic Primary, May 21, 2013|
|Democratic||Cy Douaihy Incumbent||11%||3,900|
|Democratic||Bob Sheridan Incumbent||10.6%||3,773|
|Democratic||Bob Lesh Incumbent||9.8%||3,495|
|Democratic||James J. Timlin||7%||2,492|
|Democratic||Kevin J. Manley||5.6%||1,980|
|Democratic||Douglas J. Miller||3.5%||1,234|
|Source: Lackawanna County Board of Elections|
|Scranton School District, Republican Primary, May 21, 2013|
|Republican||Bob Sheridan Incumbent||14.4%||907|
|Republican||Bob Lesh Incumbent||11.5%||724|
|Republican||Cy Douaihy Incumbent||10.9%||682|
|Republican||James J. Timlin||8.8%||550|
|Source: Lackawanna County Board of Elections|
Douaihy reported no contributions or expenditures to the Pennsylvania Secretary of State.
Douaihy did not report any campaign contributions or expenditures to the Pennsylvania Department of State ahead of the November 5, 2013 general election.
Douaihy received the endorsement of the The Times-Tribune on October 29, 2013.
What was at stake?
Incumbents Douaihy, Bob Sheridan and Bob Lesh sought re-election to full terms on the board. They were joined by Carol Oleski, Robert Casey and Mark McAndrew in pursing four available seats on November 5, 2013. Voters also filled an unexpired two-year term left by the resignation of Sean O'Shea in April due to obligations in the Pennsylvania National Guard. The Lackawanna County Democratic Party selected Kyle Donahue as their candidate for the seat in September. Lesh also pursued the unexpired term as the Republican candidate.
Federal lawsuit by suspended principal
On October 25, 2013, suspended Robert Morris Elementary principal Gwendolyn Damiano filed a lawsuit in federal court against the district claiming deprivation of her right to due process. Damiano was suspended by the district on July 3, 2013 due to allegations that she failed to adequately oversee administration of state standardized tests in the school. The district was under investigation by the Pennsylvania Department of Education as cheating allegations clouded local schools. District officials suspended four teachers and recommended the firing of another teacher related to these investigations. The Board of Education overturned these suspensions and prevented the firing.
Her lawsuit claims that the district failed to provide a timely appeal of her suspension due to the upcoming school board election. Damiano's lawsuit accuses five board members including Douaihy, Bob Sheridan and Bob Lesh of delaying her September 19, 2013 appeal hearing to avoid embarrassment ahead of the election. The board held three preliminary hearings in August and early September but canceled the September 19 hearing without rescheduling the meeting.
About the district
- See also: Scranton School District, Pennsylvania
Scranton lagged behind state rates for higher education achievement, median income and poverty according to the 2010 U.S. Census. The percentage of city residents over 25 years old (19.2%) was lower than the state average (26.7%). The 2010 U.S. Census calculated a median income of $36,968 in Scranton and $51,651 in the state of Pennsylvania. Scranton had a poverty rate of 20.4% in 2010 while Pennsylvania's poverty rate was 12.6%.
Note: The United States Census Bureau considers "Hispanic or Latino" to be a place of origin, not a race. Therefore, the Census allows citizens to report both their race and that they are from a "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin simultaneously. As a result, the percentages in each column of the racial demographics table will exceed 100 percent. Each column will add up to 100 percent after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin percentages, although rounding by the Census Bureau may make the total one- or two-tenths off from being exactly 100 percent. This Ballotpedia page provides a more detailed explanation of how the Census Bureau handles race and ethnicity in its surveys.
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- The Times-Tribune, "Scranton school directors sue to knock Douaihy off board," May 4, 2013
- The Times-Tribune, "Scranton School Board seat to appear on ballot," August 28, 2013
- The Times-Tribune, "School board in transition Vacancies, cross-filing complicate ballot, politics," October 29, 2013
- "Pennsylvania Department of State," "Campaign Finance Online Reporting," accessed December 19, 2013
- The Times-Tribune, "Dems pick nominee for Scranton School board," September 11, 2013
- The Times-Tribune, "Suspended Scranton principal sues several school directors," October 26, 2013
- 2010 U.S. Census, "Quick Facts: Scranton," accessed November 1, 2013
- Pennsylvania Department of State, "Voter Registration Statistics," accessed November 1, 2013
- United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014