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Navy veteran, school administrator to offer financial recovery plan for Duquesne schools

| Friday, Nov. 16, 2012, 3:40 p.m.

The cash-strapped Duquesne City School District has a new guide for its financial future.

Secretary of Education Ron Tomalis on Friday appointed Paul Long, 63, as the district's chief recovery officer on Friday. Long will develop a fiscal and academic plan for the district, which members of the school board can accept or reject.

If they reject Long's plan, a receiver selected by Allegheny County Common Pleas Court will oversee the district. Regardless, the state-appointed Board of Control that has run the district since 2000 will now dissolve.

Long is a graduate of Shaler High School and the Naval Academy at Annapolis, Md.. He earned a master's degree in business administration and a doctorate in education from the University of Pennsylvania.

Long was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal and the Air Medal. He earned the rank of commander and achieved designation as a naval aviator and financial management subspecialist.

After serving 20 years in the Navy, Long began a career in administration in the North Allegheny School District. He then served as business administrator, acting superintendent and chief executive officer for the Pennsbury School District, Bucks County.

He is a member of the Pennsylvania Association of School Administrators and the Pennsylvania Association of School Business Officials.

Long also serves as chairman of the board of the Verland Foundation, which provides education, support and residential care to 230 intellectually disabled people in Western Pennsylvania.

Rachel Weaver is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-320-7948 or rweaver@tribweb.com.

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