HARRISBURG - Pennsylvania Secretary of Education Dr. Gerald L. Zahorchak announced on Thursday that he is stepping down after five years to become superintendent of the Allentown School District in Allentown.
The 52-year old was superintendent of the Greater Johnstown School District before Governor Edward G. Rendell named him Deputy Secretary for Elementary and Secondary Education in 2003.
He was hired on a unanimous vote of the Allentown School Board and will formally assume his new duties on July 1.
He will succeed Dr. Karen Angello, who plans to retire. Allentown is Pennsylvania's fourth-largest school district with 18,300 students and 2,500 teaching professionals and staff.
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