Wednesday, February 04, 2009

The LuLac Edition #714, Feb. 4th, 2009



Used to be that when a school district or group of candidates said to voters, "Let's do it for the kids", there was a knee jerk positive reaction. Not so anymore and the voting in the Crestwood Area School District yesterday sent a huge message. With 10 precincts tallied, nearly 85 percent of voters said no to the proposal to borrow $55.7 million for expansion of the High School/Middle School building. Final results show 5,457 voters showed up at the polls, 42 percent of those registered, and 4,576 voted no, almost 85 percent. There might have been issues surrounding the plans but what you see as a trend here is the voter reaction to vote negative, even if it is for education.


Another chip in the Court system was whittled away yesterday when Court Administrator William Sharkey was charged with misappropriating gambling fees from proceeds by failing to file forfeiture orders that had been signed by a county judge. According to the complaint in the Times Leader, Sharkey would take custody of gambling proceeds that had been seized by the state police Bureau of Liquor Enforcement. Once he obtained the funds Sharkey would get a forfeiture order form a judge. It was then Sharkey's responsibility to turn the proceeds over to the treasurer's office. Prosecutors say that from 1998 to 2008, Sharkey would obtain the order, but would not file it with the court. The treasurer's office had no record of the forfeiture, mainly because they never got the money. Sharkey was pulling down more than $90,000 a year at the time of his "acquisition" of the $70,000 in proceeds. More on this story and the County scandal as it develops.


State Senator Lisa Baker is calling for a State probe into the problems at the Luzerne County Courthouse. Baker feels a Senate hearing will shine more light on the corruption in the County. Good move but I have a feeling the Feds are shining such a bright light on the dome thus far, the hearings will only be a public record of posterity for years to come. In other words, the hearings are fine because they'll get out more information, but the Feds will have the evidence.


At 6:19 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you are gonna cut services, it should come as no surprise that the cuts will be where the need is greatest! Back off on the Scranton State School for the Deaf, Fast Ed.
They do a great deal more good than any of a hundred other places you can find to cut. When we are dividing up state money, I think we can afford 7 million for deaf kids! Its their one chance. Dont take it away. Use your head, Ed!

Pete Cassidy

At 9:20 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

WHAT!?!?! $55.7 million for expansion?!?!?!

Is that contractor related to someone?

They could build the nicest NEW school in the area for that much money.

Something is wrong here. I'd love to see the bidding list.

At 5:52 PM, Anonymous Crestwood Alumni said...

While visiting for Christmas the conversation turned to building a new school.

I asked my 18 year-old niece (a senior @ Crestwood) if she thought it was a good idea.

She immediately rattled off four reasons in "breaking news" style. A follow up "question" revealed the subtle indoctrination she had been exposed to in, what I can only surmise, the classroom.

Good work voters. You had the re-assessment inserted against your will, don't let the School Board cram anything else.

Bring in some portable classrooms and re-evaluate the true needs of the community.


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