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Wilkes-Barre superintendent could furlough teachers following school consolidation

Up to 37 teachers in the Wilkes-Barre Area School District could be without a job.

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. — Up to 37 teachers in the Wilkes-Barre Area School District could be without a job soon.

The board voted on Monday night to authorize its superintendent to furlough any secondary teachers or support staff as part of the new high school's consolidation plan.

The consolidation is planned for the beginning of the 2021-2022 school year.

According to the board, the schools' consolidation makes it unnecessary to retain the full staff of professional employees, temporary employees, and support staff.