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Dworetzky to stay on SRC despite long haul from Calif.

There's nothing like having a supportive husband.

There's nothing like having a supportive husband.

School Reform Commissioner Joseph Dworetzky, who has recently grown quite vocal about the district's dealings, will move to San Francisco at the end of August, but plans to remain on the board.

Dworetzky's wife, Amy Banse, a top-level executive at Comcast Corp., was tapped to start a California office for Comcast Ventures. The gig running the venture-capital wing of the company is expected to last two years.

Dworetzky said Friday that he plans to trek to Philadelphia every month and stay long enough to attend the two SRC meetings, make school visits and perform other duties expected of him.

"I won't do it halfway. I'm not going to change my commitment," he said.

Dworetzky was appointed to the SRC in October 2009 by then-Gov. Ed Rendell. A spokesman for Gov. Corbett didn't respond to a late request for comment about Dworetzky's plans.

Dworetzky said he will continue to focus on his "special areas of interests," including the district's Facilities Master Plan and the Renaissance Schools program.

"Despite the drama of the school district, there are really important things going on," he said. "I feel I have to carry it out."

He also plans to remain with his law firm, Hangley Aronchick Segal & Pudlin.

Despite the recent surge in anti-SRC rhetoric calling for the dismantling of the commission, Dworetzky said he takes it all in stride.

"The SRC is not a likely place to get pats on the back," he said. "There's no constituency embedded that supports what the SRC does. Our job is to take the temperature of the community, sit down and really listen to what people say."

Dworetzky's decision to stay saves Corbett from filling a second spot on the board. Corbett has yet to fill the seat previously held by David Girard-diCarlo, who stepped down in February.