State names recovery officers for Harrisburg, York schools

Written by The Associated Press | Dec 13, 2012 11:43 AM

(Harrisburg) -- State education officials have named a chief recovery officer for the troubled Harrisburg schools.

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Gene Veno will help develop a recovery plan for the district, which serves about 6,700 students.

Education Secretary Ronald Tomalis announced the appointment yesterday. A new law allows him to name recovery officers in districts the state has labeled financially distressed.

Veno is a consultant with experience in business and management. He previously served on the school board in Scranton.

If the Harrisburg school board refuses to adopt Veno's recovery plan, the state can ask a judge to place the district into receivership.

A board representative did not return a request for comment yesterday.

David Meckly has been named the York City School District's chief recovery officer. He formerly served as the president and CEO of Flinchbaugh Engineering, Inc. and serves on the board of directors.

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