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SRU Good News for Jan. 26, 2012


SRU graduate heads Duquesne City School District changes

Francis Barnes, a Slippery Rock University physical education graduate and former Pennsylvania secretary of education, has been appointed chairman of the state board of control overseeing changes to the Duquesne City School District in Duquesne.

 Barnes participated in his first meeting with the board this week via telephone, according to a Pittsburgh Post-Gazette news story.

 The district, located in Allegheny County, currently serves nearly 425 students in grades K-8.

 Ron Tomalis, Pennsylvania education secretary, appointed Barnes to the post.

 Barnes retired last summer as superintendent of the Palisades School District outside Philadelphia. He had served a year as Pennsylvania’s secretary of education starting in September 2004.

 He earned his master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of Pittsburgh, and formerly taught at Westinghouse High and Allegheny Middle schools in Pittsburgh. Barnes was a principal at North Allegheny Senior High School and has served as superintendent at Hopewell Area in Beaver County, Huntingdon in Huntingdon County and Palisades in Bucks County.

 State officials announced in the fall the Duquesne district would not exist in its current form for the 2012-13 school year. The system’s high school was closed at the end of the 2007 school year. Students now attend East Allegheny and West Mifflin Area high schools. Talks remain under way as to what other steps will be taken, according to the P-G.

 Slippery Rock University is Pennsylvania’s premier public residential university. Slippery Rock University provides students with a comprehensive learning experience that intentionally combines academic instruction with enhanced educational and learning opportunities that make a positive difference in their lives.


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