Papenfuse wants School District Recovery Officer out, Key Charter ok'd

Written by Tim Lambert and Ben Allen | Apr 4, 2014 4:24 AM

(Harrisburg) -- Harrisburg's mayor is calling for the city school district's recovery officer to be replaced.


Mayor Eric Papenfuse says he's asked acting state Education Secretary Carolyn Dumaresq to remove Gene Veno from the position in order to bring a new vision to the struggling district.

“My concern is that Mr. Veno does not believe Harrisburg schools will meet academic benchmarks under the plan he devised. This is unacceptable and compromises the future of our children," says Papenfuse, in a statement.

He says schools need more energy and a new vision to achieve success.

“I support the Superintendent and the School Board, but we need a Recovery Officer who is confident about how to solve the problems and can help them move forward,” he said.

The mayor also announced he supports the application of Key Charter School to open in the former Bishop McDevitt school building.

“I believe in parental choice as an essential component of educational reform,” says Papenfuse. “The proposal from Key Charter provides the highest and best use I have seen for the former Bishop McDevitt building and would be a positive development for the city.”

Key Charter says it has pre-enrolled nearly 400 students, but Harrisburg Board of School Director's denied its application in January. It's expected to try submitting a revised application soon. Key has also expressed interest in buying the former Bishop McDevitt building for a reported $1.8 million. The building needs millions of dollars in improvements.

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