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DuBois Catholic School president resigns amid sex abuse allegations

The Diocese of Erie has announced a change to the leadership of its DuBois schools as a result of an allegation of sexual abuse.

Bishop Lawrence Persico accepted the resignation of Msgr. Charles Kaza as president of DuBois Area Catholic Schools.

“Msgr. Kaza was placed on administrative leave, restricting him from active ministry, effective May 13, pending investigation of an allegation of sexual abuse, according to a Wednesday release from the Diocese. “He maintains his innocence and has not resigned as pastor of St. Tobias Parish in Brockway. Father Leo Gallina continues to serve as temporary administrator at the parish.”

Accepting Kaza’s resignation as president of the board will “ensure the school system is able to operate efficiently as the new academic year begins,” according to a Wednesday release from the Diocese. “According to Jim Gallagher, superintendent of schools for the Diocese of Erie, the resignation will give the board and the Catholic Schools Office time to review the administrative needs of DuBois Area Catholic Schools for the future, and to develop an implementation plan for the next school year.”

“The responsibilities of the president of DuBois Area Catholic Schools will continue to be handled by the Board of Members and supported by the Catholic Schools Office (CSO) in collaboration with the DuBois Catholic School Board,” according to the release. “Gretchen Caruso will remain in her role as headmaster and will work with the executive committee of the board and the CSO to manage the overall operations of the system.”

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