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The Wilkes-Barre Area School District plans to eliminate 47 jobs and reduce annual operating costs by nearly $3.7 million after consolidating high schools, according to records provided to the state auditor general.

Annual personnel costs will decrease almost $4.2 million, while annual transportation costs will increase $504,000. The district is building a new high school to merge its three highs schools — GAR, Meyers and Coughlin — when the 2021-22 school year begins and is consolidating sports programs this upcoming school year.

The district is building the new high school on a 77-acre former mining site between South Main and Maffett streets in Plains Twp. The project budget is $121 million, and the overall annual cost of district debt payments is

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