Geisinger medical center to donate portion of land for new high school

Wilkes-Barre, Pa.-based Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center offered to donate 55 acres of land near the facility to the Wilkes-Barre Area School District for the construction of a new high school, according to WNEP-16 News.

The property is located across from the medical center's emergency entrance.

District officials said they are considering three other locations in addition to the Geisinger property, and held an informational meeting to weigh the merits of each location Thursday, according to the report. The school board will issue a final vote on the high school's new location  May 3.

The Citizen's Voice reported that in an email to local news media, Wilkes-Barre Area School District Superintendent Brian Costello said the district was "very grateful" for the medical center's generosity. He also said "While there is no purchase price for the Geisinger land, it would require investment to prepare the site and ensure safe traffic patterns. We are looking into these costs closely, as we are with the costs related to our other potential sites.  You can be assured that the school board and district will make the final site selection based on what is best for our students, as well as the taxpayers."

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