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City Confidential / 21.12.2018

For those following the antics of the Scranton School Board, this week they did not disappoint. Wednesday's meeting saw the majority directors slam through a 3.6% tax increase and a rushed appointment to fill the vacancy created by the resignation of Paige Gebhardt Cognetti.  The increase comes from a $5 million revenue shortfall that needed to be made up if the district was going to balance its $166 million in expenses.  Directors divided along expected lines and the motion won passage in a 5-3 vote with Robert Casey, Barbara Dixon, Bob Lesh (BL!), Greg Popil, and Paul Duffy in favor and Kate Gilmartin, Mark...

City Confidential / 07.12.2018

Who needs cable when Scrantonians can attend Scranton School Board meetings?  This week your favorite cast returned for the premiere of their new season.  They never fail to deliver the high drama, laughs, and controversy avid viewers have come to expect. The directors, minus Greg Popil (more on that later), met Monday night for their annual re-organization meeting.  Almost immediately, chaos ensued.  Directors shouted over one another as five different members - Paige Gebhardt Cognetti, Barbara Dixon, Katie Gilmartin, and Tom Schuster - were nominated for President.  Gilmartin was defeated in a 5-4 vote, with Robert Casey, Dixon, Paul Duffy, Bob Lesh (BL!), and Popil voting...

Politics / 03.12.2018

It was a close vote, but Scranton Schools Director Barbara Dixon has been chosen by her colleagues for another year as President of the Scranton School Board.  In a meeting Monday night that was at times difficult to follow, Dixon won a 5-4 vote following the board's 5-4 decision not to elect Katie Gilmartin to the position.  The directors then voted to retain Robert Casey (no relation to the U.S. Senator) for another year as Vice President. Dixon and Casey received support from Paul Duffy, Bob Lesh, and Greg Popil, who voted by telephone....

Crime / 20.11.2018

State law enforcement officials raided the offices of the Scranton School District Tuesday and seized boxes of evidence for the ongoing corruption investigation of district practices.  State Police and investigators from the Office of the Attorney General seized files and computers from the board secretary and transportation offices.  The raid is linked to the September arrest of Daniel Sansky, who faces several felony counts for defrauding taxpayers. Sansky is charged with using his business, Danny’s Auto Service, to overbill and double-bill for work performed on district vehicles. The indictment, and Tuesday's raid, were set in motion by a scathing 2017 performance audit...

City Confidential / 31.08.2018

Rosemary Boland, the head of the Scranton Federation of Teachers, wants the sixteen teachers laid off by the Scranton School District back to work when school starts next week. This time, who could blame her? At Monday's Board of Education meeting, directors voted 3-3 on a motion to finalize staff reductions adopted in January. The tie caused the motion to fail and calling into questions whether the cuts would go through and the teachers remain on the unemployment line. Kudos to Robert Casey, Paige Gebhardt Cognetti, Barbara Dixon, and Kate Gilmartin, Mark McAndrew, and Tom Schuster. Regardless of one's opinion on...