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Blackhawk Principal Keeps Job After Funding Concerns

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PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Funding in the Blackhawk School District is still a question, but today, a principal at the third, fourth and fifth grade building is keeping her job.

The Blackhawk School Board stands down after the latest round of budget battles. Intermediate school principal Danielle Bailey could have lost her job Monday night if the board passed a cost-cutting budget. Instead, she stays.

“I think that having the community support really helped,” Bailey said. “And the support of my new superintendent and my outgoing superintendent has really been helpful, too.”

New superintendent, Dr. Melanie Kerber, starts today, and she wants to review personnel decisions. Nearly 100 students, parents and staff turned out at the board meeting Monday to support Bailey.

“I am just completely overwhelmed by the support that was here tonight,” Bailey said. “I don’t even know what to say. Overwhelmed is the only word that comes to mind.”

The relief on her face was obvious after spending three days wondering about what would happen at the meeting.

“I had an opportunity to see some of my students over the weekend and different activities with my kids – vacation Bible School and we went to a thing at CCBC,” she said. “And, I got to see some of my students and that just reminds me what it’s all about, so just focusing on kids makes everything better.”

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