Pittsburgh schools chief Lane stepping down next summer |

Pittsburgh schools chief Lane stepping down next summer

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Dr. Linda Lane, superintendent of the Pittsburgh Public Schools, escorts three first day kindergartners, from left, Shakeya Terrell, 5, of Garfield, and twins Antonio and Antoine Burton, both 5, of Garfield, at the entrance to Arsenal PreK-5 in Lawrenceville, Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015.
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Pittsburgh Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Linda Lane answers questions about restorative practices at a press conference in the library at Pittsburgh Minadeo PreK-5 in Squirrel Hill on Wednesday, April 22, 2015. Pittsburgh Public Schools earned a three million dollar grant last October aimed at 'Developing Knowledge About What Works to Make Schools Safe,' funding an initiative and research study to promote and integrate restorative practices in school communities.

Pittsburgh Public Schools will need a new superintendent at the end of the school year.

Linda Lane, who has been with the district since 2007, announced Friday she will step down in June 2016. She has been its leader since 2010.

“After 44 years in public education, I believe I have more chapters left in me where I hope to utilize my experience in education and my passion for promoting learning for Pittsburgh’s children that might include college-level teaching, writing and work in support and development of school leaders,” Lane said in a written statement.

Lane, 65, arrived in the district as a deputy superintendent after serving the Des Moines public school system in the same role. She began her career as a first-grade teacher.

Lane was appointed superintendent of Pittsburgh Public Schools in December 2010, succeeding Mark Roosevelt.

“We are most grateful to Dr. Linda Lane for her service to the School District of Pittsburgh and community,” said school board president Thomas Sumpter in a written statement. “She has been at the forefront of many new initiatives and programs that have taken place in our Pittsburgh Public Schools during her tenure as superintendent for nearly five years. Some of her initiatives have gained recognition from other school districts in the country.”

Lane said she was making the announcement now to give the board time to search for her successor.

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