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Harrisburg mayor calls for replacement of school district's chief recovery officer

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Gene Veno is chief recovery officer for Harrisburg School District.
Gene Veno is chief recovery officer for Harrisburg School District. - (Photo / )

Harrisburg Mayor Eric Papenfuse said he has asked Carolyn Dumaresq, the state's acting education secretary, to replace Gene Veno as chief recovery officer for the city's school district.

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

Papenfuse said parents should demand results and a recovery officer who can work collaboratively with the Harrisburg superintendent and school board to lift academic standards.

"Just as the City of Harrisburg had two receivers at different points in its road to recovery, Harrisburg schools need a new recovery officer with a more optimistic vision and stronger capabilities in educational reform," he said. "There should be a sense of urgency about these under-performing schools."

Veno said he reports to the education secretary, not the mayor.

"We are less than six months into academic recovery," he said, adding that the superintendent and administration have benchmarks to turn the district around. "All administrators will be held to these benchmarks but we just have commenced financial and academic recovery. (There is) much more yet to be accomplished."

Jason Scott

Jason Scott

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