Duquesne and Pittsburgh officials to discuss possible transfer of Duquesne elementary students

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The chief recovery officer for the Duquesne City School District said he will meet with Pittsburgh Public Schools officials Wednesday today to discuss the possibility of transferring Duquesne students in grades K-6 to Pittsburgh schools.

CRO Paul Long said at the conclusion of the Duquesne school board meeting Tuesday that he would be meeting with Pete Camarda, chief financial and operations officer for the Pittsburgh schools, and Ira Weiss, the Pittsburgh district solicitor.

Mr. Long said he has met previously with academic leaders in the district, though he did not name them.

Pittsburgh is the only district out of 11 that Mr. Long approached about the possibility of taking the Duquesne elementary students as part of his financial recovery plan for the district that has been willing to discuss the idea. The other 10 districts declined the request.

Mr. Long could not say if he expected the meeting to produce a commitment from the Pittsburgh officials. Nor did he specify which of the Pittsburgh schools might be in line to accept the Duquesne students. The Pittsburgh school board would have to give final approval to any plan to transfer Duquesne students there.

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Mary Niederberger can be reached at mniederberger@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1590


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