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Quaker Valley Superintendent Heidi Ondek to resign

| Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2018, 5:27 p.m.
Quaker Valley Superintendent Heidi Ondek stands for a photo inside Quaker Valley Middle School on Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014.
Kristina Serafini | Trib Total Media
Quaker Valley Superintendent Heidi Ondek stands for a photo inside Quaker Valley Middle School on Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014.

Quaker Valley Superintendent Heidi Ondek will resign from her role at the end of the school year, the district's board president said in an email Tuesday to the school community.

Ondek, 56, of Sewickley, has been with the district since 2004. She became superintendent in 2014 .

She will become the executive director and superintendent of the Western Pennsylvania School for Blind Children. The Pittsburgh-based nonprofit serves about 180 students from across the region with visual impairment, blindness and other challenges.

Ondek could not immediately be reached for comment.

Her departure comes as Quaker Valley leaders seek to build a new multimillion dollar high school to replace the nearly century old building in Leetsdale.

“The school board is deeply grateful to Dr. Ondek for her service and her vision, and will be embarking on a superintendent search with the intent to build on that legacy,” board President Sarah Heres said in an email. “Our goals have not changed, nor have our challenges.

“There is never a good time to lose a leader of Dr. Ondek's caliber. We are still processing this news.”

Bobby Cherry is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at and on Twitter at @bc_trib.

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