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New Superintendent Named for Duquesne Schools

By Staff Reports
The Tube City Almanac
January 31, 2018
Posted in: Duquesne News

A school administrator from York County has been named the new superintendent of the Duquesne City School District.

Sue A. Moyer will begin work in Duquesne on March 1, said a spokeswoman for the Allegheny Intermediate Unit. Moyer's hiring was approved by both the elected school board and the receiver for the financially troubled district, Paul B. Long.

Moyer currently works as federal programs coordinator in the York City School District, which serves more than 5,000 students in kindergarten through 12th grade.

According to her LinkedIn profile, Moyer previously served as principal of Jackson Elementary School in York, assistant principal of York City High School and assistant to the district's superintendent.

She is a graduate of Indiana University of Pennsylvania who earned a master's degree from Gannon University, Erie, and is presently working on a doctorate in educational leadership and administration from Shippensburg and Millersville universities, according to her LinkedIn profile.

The AIU said Moyer's contract with Duquesne runs through June 30, 2021.

Sarah McCluan, spokeswoman for the AIU, said the district conducted "a rigorous superintendent search," which included three rounds of interviews. Moyer also met with key stakeholders including teachers, administrators and the school board. 

“I am confident in Ms. Moyer’s ability to lead the organization, increase student learning and continue to build on Duquesne’s recent success,” Long said in a prepared statement.

Moyer will replace Duquesne's previous school superintendent, Barbara McDonnell, who resigned in 2017, citing personal reasons.

A report from state Auditor General Eugene DePasquale, released three weeks later, cited what he called "significant failings" under McDonnell's leadership, including no-interest payroll advances that auditors said she authorized for herself and other Duquesne school administrators.

The auditor general's office also chastised the district for poor record-keeping, including a lack of documentation on the number of foster children being educated, inadequate procedures for tracking the number of students using school buses, and a failure to verify the credentials of school bus drivers.

The district has said that steps were taken to correct the deficiencies.

Duquesne City School District currently serves 561 students in kindergarten through 12th grade, including more than 200 who attend school in neighboring districts under a tuition-reimbursement plan.

The district was declared financially stressed in 2000 and placed under state oversight in 2012, the same year that the middle school was closed. Duquesne High School closed in 2009.

Originally published January 31, 2018.

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