Duquesne schools' board of control concur with 'financial recovery' designation

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The Duquesne City School District's solicitor has notified the Pennsylvania Department of Education that the state board of control overseeing the district will not seek a hearing to contest the financial recovery designation given to the district last month.

Using new legislation for distressed school districts approved in June, state Education Secretary Ron Tomalis gave a preliminary declaration of financial recovery to Duquesne in August. The board of control had until Wednesday to notify the department if it wanted to contest the preliminary declaration.

Because the board is not requesting a hearing, the path is cleared for Mr. Tomalis to sign a final declaration and then within five days name a chief recovery officer for the district.

Tim Eller, spokesman for education department, said the final declaration "is on the secretary's desk for review."

If the final declaration is signed and a chief recovery officer is named, the board of control, which has been in place since the fall of 2000, will dissolve and the operation of the district will be placed in the hands of the elected board.

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Mary Niederberger: mniederberger@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1590.


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