Zoning Board Rejects Wilkes-Barre Area School District’s Plan for New High School

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WILKES-BARRE -- The Wilkes-Barre zoning board struck down an application to build a new consolidated school in Wilkes-Barre.

The zoning board voted 2-to-1 to reject the application for a new high school to be built on North Washington Street.

The Wilkes-Barre Area School District had planned to build its new high school on the site of Coughlin High School, right in the heart of the downtown.

Wednesday night's decision leaves Wilkes-Barre Area School District officials potentially looking at alternative sites outside the city.


  • Sam I Am

    Coughlin was torn down due to neglect, where did the school taxes go after all those years ?
    Scranton pulled the same thing with Central & North Scranton High, sold for a pittance claiming costs too high and possible mine subsidence, and now both are remodeled, and north will house elderly 24/7 365 a year.

    Bottom line
    it never should have been torn down.

  • Frank Rizzo

    Murray complex was the perfect place for a new school. Centrally located, double lane roads, a traffic light. Still in the flood zone, but the school could have been elevated out of the zone with lower level parking lot underneath.

  • Gerald Filtz

    It would have been useful if WNEP had included information about why the new school was rejected. My first thought was not that they didn’t want the school, but that it was too close to the street, didn’t include certain necessary things, etc. So the story is pretty useless.

  • Liam G

    Let’s get this straight; there is a High School there now, and the area is zoned for it…yet they rejected it?

    A court will overturn that in an instant. What could the zoning board be thinking?

    • Madcap

      Umm no. There may be a school there for 100 years, but it’s actually not zoned for a school. The current buildings are grandfathered.

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