Harrisburg school superintendent steps down after 10 years

Written by The Associated Press | Jun 27, 2019 12:36 PM

Harrisburg School District Superintendent Dr. Sybil Knight-Burney. (Photo courtesy: Harrisburg School District)

(Harrisburg) -- The head of the Harrisburg School District is stepping down. reports that Superintendent Sybil Knight-Burney notified staff members about her decision in an email sent Thursday morning. It didn't state a reason for her decision to step down after 10 years.

The decision comes just days after a judge agreed with a petition by the state Department of Education to appoint a receiver to take control of the financially and academically troubled district.

In her email, Knight-Burney thanked staffers for their efforts, noting that "this journey has at times been very difficult and we faced many challenges that sometimes seemed impossible to achieve."

Knight-Burney could not be reached for comment. It wasn't clear Thursday when she would officially leave her post or who would assume her duties.

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