Duquesne City School District Recovery Plan
Consistent with the School District Financial Recovery Act 141 of 2012, the Duquesne City School District Financial Recovery Plan was issued on February 11, 2013 and implemented on April 2, 2013. On November 12, 2020, a Fourth Amendment was approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education and final approval was granted by the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas on November 16, 2020. The Fourth Amendment provides visionary, strategic, and operational goals and objectives for sustainability now and in the future.
The Duquesne City School District (DCSD) operates pre-kindergarten through seventh grade at the Duquesne Education Center (DES), noting that the Pennsylvania Department of Education, School Services Division, officially approved the 7th Grade Reconfiguration Plan on July 21, 2021. The new school year for students began on September 7, 2021 with in-person instruction and a smooth transition for all Pre-K-7 grade students.
The Superintendent of Schools, the Receiver, and key stakeholders of the School District have a strong desire for Duquesne City to be recognized as a “turnaround school” and a model for rebuilding educational programs, services, and activities in a financially distressed school district.
The Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas, upon the recommendation of the Secretary of Education for the Department of Education, appointed William H. Kerr, Ed. D. as Receiver for the Duquesne City School District, effective April 1, 2021 through June 30, 2022.
Under Act 141 of 2012, the Court-appointed Receiver is assigned the responsibility and authority of the elected Board of School Directors in almost all matters. Through a collaborative, professional working relationship with the elected Board and all key stakeholders, the primary goal is to do what is best for our students educationally and what is fiscally responsible for our citizens.
Select the following link to review the provisions of: Act 141 of 2012
Select the following link to review FAQ regarding Act 141: Act 141 Frequently Asked Questions