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Monday's School Board Meeting Rescheduled

Administrators need more time to prepare for the meeting, according to Superintendent Patrick O'Toole.

The Upper St. Clair School Board's Committee of the Whole meeting tonight has been rescheduled for 7 p.m., Thursday, April 19, in the .

Superintendent Patrick O'Toole said the administration team needs "more time to prepare" for the meeting.

"There are a lot of big decisions looming," he said.

Without a , the district is facing a multi-million dollar budget shortfall. Administrators are evaluating what programs to eliminate and could be as high as 30 to 40 positions, according to O'Toole.

"As a board, we're really agonizing over this," said Amy Billerbeck, school board member.

O'Toole said negotiations are underway with support staff, including secretaries and custodians. Their contract is up this year.

Negotiations also continue with the teachers' union. Two years remain on their contract.

"We're working very hard on that process," O'Toole said. "Any savings could diminish positions we'd need to cut."

Maureen April 16, 2012 at 07:49 PM
This underscores what appears to be a real lack of foresight and financial planning. As a resident, this last minute scrambling to balance the budget is a poor reflection on the school board leadership involved and district employees who handle the finances.

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