HARRISBURG, Pa., March 17 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Education
Secretary Gerald L. Zahorchak today announced that he has named Dr. Audrey
Utley to chair the Duquesne City School District's Board of Control.
"Dr. Utley is an immensely qualified and dedicated educator who has the
skills and vision to ensure that every child in the Duquesne City School
District is afforded the best education possible," Zahorchak said. "I have
every confidence that she can meet the unique challenges Duquesne faces."
Dr. Utley most recently served as superintendent of the Middletown Area
School District in Dauphin County. In that role, she guided the
restructuring of the district's academic programs and oversaw efforts to
close the achievement gap; established rigorous graduation requirements;
and created a career pathway curriculum at the secondary level. In
addition, she provided leadership in the recruitment and training of
qualified professional and support staff.
She also is part of the Department of Education's Distinguished
Educator initiative, an effort to provide support and targeted assistance
to struggling districts.
A board of control was created to oversee the Duquesne City School
District after it was declared distressed in 2000. The district faces
fiscal challenges that stem from a declining tax base and has seen its
enrollment gradually decline.
Dr. Utley replaces Thomas Sgriccia, a former special assistant to the
education secretary, as the board's chair.
CONTACT: Michael Race
SOURCE Pennsylvania Department of Education