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Carol Oleski

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Carol Oleski
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Candidate for
Scranton Board of Education, At-large
Elections and appointments
Last electionMay 21, 2013
Next generalNovember 5, 2013
Term limitsN/A
Campaign website
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Carol Oleski is a candidate for an at-large seat on the Scranton Board of Education. She is seeking election to the board as a Republican candidate against five other candidates on November 5, 2013.


Oleski currently serves as the PTA Vice President for West Scranton High School. She and her husband, Tom, have six children. Oleski has also been a foster parent to more than one hundred children.[1]

Campaign themes


Oleski's campaign website provided themes for the 2013 election:[2]

If Elected to the Scranton School Board, I will focus on:

  • Improving Student Achievement
  • Spending Tax Dollars Efficiently

We need to make sure that every dollar we spend is used to improve academic outcomes for every student within our district.

Note: The above quote is from the candidate's website, which may include some typographical or spelling errors.

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.[3]

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.[4]

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.[4]

About the district

See also: Scranton School District, Pennsylvania
Scranton School District is located in Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania
Scranton School District serves K-12 students in Scranton, the county seat of Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania. Scranton had a population of 76,089 according to the 2010 U.S. Census.[5]


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%.[5]

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