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Ask The Voice: More Questions Answered

March 26, 2019

Ask the Voice is our reader-powered journalism project that launched earlier this month. Here are the answers to some of the questions we’ve received. • When a school district and teachers union go to arbitration to resolve a labor dispute/contract, who chooses and who pays the arbiter? The cost is split between the school district and the union, Wilkes-Barre Area Solicitor Raymond Wendolowski said. The Pennsylvania Labor Relations Board has a list of arbitrators to choose from, and the parties try to mutually agree on the selection of an arbitrator, Wendolowski said. If they can’t agree, the parties begin striking arbitrators on a list provided, with the district going first in a case in which the union filed a grievance, he explained. • How much money was made from the sale at Coughlin High School a few years ago? Where did that money go? What was it used for? The Wilkes-Barre Area School District received $39,885.89 by conducting of auction of items from the closed portion of Coughlin High School in April 2016, according to records received through an open-records request. J&J Auction Service of Sheppton conducted the auction and sold 1,359 items. The top selling item was a cabinet for $1,025, but it was returned it full of asbestos. Advertising costs associated with the auction totaled $1,391.61.