Thousands of Students and Parents Get Ready in PPS

Superintendent Won't Discuss Probes

Joe DeStio
August 19, 2019 - 4:38 pm
Thousands of students and their families showed up Monday for the Pittsburgh Public Schools annual back to school event called #WeArePPS!

Joe DeStio

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PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) Thousands of students and their families showed up Monday for the Pittsburgh Public Schools annual back to school event called #WeArePPS! Superintendent Anthony Hamlet greeted kids and adults as they came through metal detectors at Pittsburgh Obama in East Liberty.

“We want all our community partners to come together and really get started and really get excited about the start of school,” said Hamlet.

The district gave away book bags, haircuts, hairstyles, manicures, and school supplies at the event. For the first time limited supplies of school uniforms and shoes were provided free of charge.

When questioned, Hamlet refused to discuss the open investigation into his unauthorized trip to Cuba during spring break and other ethics investigations involving his tenure. I think anything that takes away from school opening, takes away from kids, takes away from teachers focusing on kids will be a distraction,” said Hamlet.

The superintendent is confident kids will get to classes on time next week. “We feel good about it right now,” said Hamlet. We had to triple up on our bus routes so now we need less bus drivers. We’re still getting a few refinements from some families and working with them. But by enlarge we’re good to go.”

Classes start Monday the 26th for most students in the city schools.

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