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Wilkes-Barre Area School Board Looks To Build New School Outside of City

PLAINS TOWNSHIP -- The Wilkes-Barre Area School Board is looking at more locations to build a new high school, and none of those locations is in the city of Wilkes-Barre.

The potential sites are in Plains Township and include a spot along River Road and West Saylor Avenue.  Another location sits a few miles away near the Seven Tubs Nature Area. Then there are the roughly 50 acres along Baltimore Drive near Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center.

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Potential new Wilkes-Barre Area High School locations in Plains Township.

Right now, the school board has an architect looking at the pros and cons of each site.

But all the potential sites are four to five miles away from Public Square in Wilkes-Barre. It's still within the district, but outside Wilkes-Barre City limits. That angers many people who live in the city.

"Oh, it's stupidity. I don't live in Plains. My granddaughter, I don't want her going to Plains. I want her staying in Wilkes-Barre," said Ray Williams.

Plains Township already has a school: The Solomon/Plains Middle School, but many people in the community think having a high school nearby would be a great supplement to it.

"I think it would be a good idea. It would be convenient for the kids. There's a lot of room over there," said one woman.

There are also some concerns with the newly proposed locations. People who live near the River Road location say the area is near a flood zone.

The district hopes to complete its feasibility study in March.

7 comments

  • Robert Gowan

    Wow. Another the spot is around Pennsylvania ave and Butler st ( around where that big smoke stack is….😣😣😣😣😣also where the child welfare build is….From kidder st and market Street …I think only business is times leader ????Area of Pennsylvania ave,come on why are u giving plains the opportunity ??????

  • Robert Gowan

    Whom it may concern.
    Really don’t know where these official come up with these idea?!! Hello wake up there is a BIG AREA on Hazel st and Pennsylvania ave Blvd. Uh right across the post office… And also a spot on main St right across from Auto zone and planters peanuts ..

    • Robert Gowan

      If plains was under flood. ?????Then why can’t just put back where Meyers high school is ????? That had flood problem s took????? OK who is getting a kick back??!!!!

      • Robert Gowan

        Wow now you are worry about traffic problems….How about Dotson school area between airy st and Stanton st…. Traffic is UN bearable during school hours because these schools where built maybe 50 years ago and these street where not made for today traffic.?! WAKE UP AAA and Wilkes Barre school district?????Tired

      • Robert Gowan

        Also there is spot right next to the area on Wilkes-Barre township Blvd this between the area and Wilkes college??????

  • Givemeabreak

    I believe that Plains location was under water during the last flood that hit the area. Up by Geisinger will just put heavy traffic already on a busy road that is used heavily by emergency personnel. Are these people just closing their eyes and pointing to a map? It has to be out of the flood zone yet centrally located in the city. The heights would probably make the most sense if the area didn’t get ruined from undesirables.

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