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While taking over an academically distressed urban school district, beset by budget woes that was compelled to send its middle and high school students to a neighboring district so they might have a better education might seem daunting, it didn’t faze Linda Iverson—she’s from Baltimore.

Iverson, 62, Wilkinsburg’s new superintendent of schools introduced herself to students on their first day of class Aug. 29. She introduced herself to the district a week earlier during a special in-service day luncheon at Kelly Elementary School.

The district, which has seen multiple changes in leadership in the last few years, gave Iverson a three-year contract, at $120,000 per year Aug. 10. School Board President Ed Donovan said the search committee, aided by the Pennsylvania School Boards Association, chose Iverson from the three finalists selected from an initial pool of 17 applicants.

He said her experience in curriculum development, elementary education and leadership were key to her selection, especially since she’s tasked with overseeing a district with only two schools, comprised of about 550 preK-6 students.

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