Greensburg Central Catholic principal fired after probe

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The principal of Greensburg Central Catholic Junior-Senior High School was removed effective immediately after a diocesan investigation uncovered financial improprieties and violations of state law and diocesan policy, the Diocese of Greensburg said Thursday.

Denise Myers had been placed on paid administrative leave Sept. 23 pending the investigation that the diocese said was triggered, in part, by financial irregularities discovered by the diocesan finance office.

Jerry Zufelt, a diocese spokesman, would not elaborate further on the alleged improprieties or violations of state law and policy. A statement sent to the school community Thursday announcing her removal sought to assure families that the diocese is a vigilant steward of its schools, including their finances.

"The decision was necessary based on information learned from a forensic audit conducted by an outside and independent auditing firm, information reported by employees of the school, and admitted violations of state law and diocesan policy by Myers," the statement read.

Ms. Myers, the school's principal since 2011 and a staff member there since 2001, could not immediately be reached for comment.

The statement acknowledged support for the principal shown during the investigation and said details were withheld by the diocese to be fair to Ms. Myers and to preserve the integrity of the investigation.

Serving temporarily as principal starting Wednesday will be Sister Mary Norbert Long, first counselor for the Sisters of Charity of Seton Hill and treasurer for the order's U.S. province. For now, Dean Dan Mahoney will continue to oversee day-to-day operations.

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Bill Schackner: bschackner@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1977. First Published October 10, 2013 8:00 PM


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