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|Scranton Board of Education, At-large|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||May 21, 2013|
|Next general||November 5, 2013|
What's at stake?
Incumbents Cy Douaihy, Bob Lesh and Bob Sheridan are seeking re-election to full terms on the board. They are joined by Oleski, Robert Casey and Mark McAndrew in pursing four available seats on November 5, 2013. Voters will also fill 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. Bob Lesh is also pursuing 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 Cy Douaihy, Bob Lesh and Bob Sheridan 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 cancelled 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%.
This section displays the most recent stories in a Google news search for the term "Carol + Oleski + Scranton + Schools"
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- 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