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W-B Area Sets Groundbreaking

April 4, 2019

PLAINS TWP. — The Wilkes-Barre Area School District can officially sign 11 construction contracts to build a new consolidated high school in Plains Twp. and has scheduled a groundbreaking event for April 12. The construction contracts will cost a total of $88.2 million. The school board conditionally approved them last week. Superintendent Brian Costello announced Wednesday the district can now sign the 11 contracts because the state Department of Education has approved the sixth step in the process to get state funding. Costello also said the groundbreaking event on the 78-acre site between Maffett and South Main streets in Plains Twp. will be at 11 a.m. April 12 on Wolfpack Way. The new high school will allow the consolidation of all three district high schools — Meyers, GAR and Coughlin — before the 2021-22 school year. — MICHAEL P. BUFFER