Sunday, December 9, 2012
Angela Petersen received a certificate from the Pennsylvania School Boards Association.
Angela Petersen was honored for her 16 years that she has served on the Upper St. Clair School Board. Superintendent Patrick O'Toole presented a recognition certificate Monday night from the Pennsylvania School Boards Association. "I feel very fortunate," Petersen said. "I never imagined I'd be here for this long. "I've always tried to do what's best for the students." Share your congratulations with Angela Petersen in the comments below. Follow us on Twitter | Like us on Facebook
Friday, November 30, 2012
Despite a last-ditch effort to save the alternative school, it's expected to close, according to the board's vice president.
Despite a last-ditch effort to save the Alternative Center for Education, the board's vice president said she believes the school will close. "Barring something unforeseen, I'm expecting it will be coming to an end," said Angela Petersen, who also serves on the Upper St. Clair School Board. The alternative school on the Parkway West Career and Technology Center campus is at risk to close due to high costs and low student enrollment. "Unfortunately it really comes down to cost," Petersen said. "The enrollment does not support the cost of the school. Cost has gotten way out of hand. "It's very sad." The closing will affect one Upper St. Clair student, according to Superintendent Patrick O'Toole, and about 40 students from 11 other school …
Tuesday, June 26, 2012
A narrow majority of the Upper St. Clair School Board opts for a rate that could result in no increase for 2013-14.
You might recall the old commercials advertising Fram Oil Filters. You'll remember the catchphrase: “You can pay me now, or pay me later.” Upper St. Clair School Board, or at least a slim majority of board members, has opted for the former. By a 5-4 vote Monday, the board approved an amendment to the proposed 2012-13 operating budget, calling for a 1.618-mill property tax increase. The tentative version of the spending plan provided for an additional 1.375 mills. The revised figure brings the tax rate to 25.718. For owners of property valued at $200,000, the increase means an extra $323.60 on the tax bill. Frosina Cordisco, district director of business and finance, presented the numbers in the proposed budget for the board’s consideration…
Monday, June 25, 2012
Upper St. Clair School Board upped the figure from the preliminary budget, hoping to hold the line next year.
The Upper St. Clair School district tax increase is larger than expected. A 1.618-mill increase was approved by the school board Monday. The preliminary 2012-13 budget called for an additional 1.375 mills. School board member Angela Petersen motioned to amend the figure. The measure was defeated 5-4, but board vice president Barbara Bolas called for another vote. She cast her ballot to in favor the second time around, joining Petersen, board president Rebecca Stern, Amy Billerbeck and Frank Kerber. Voting against were Buffy Hasco, Harry Kunselman, Louis Mafrice Jr. and Louis Oliverio. Petersen’s rationale was that implementing a larger increase this year could allow the district to hold the line on taxes for 2013-14. The 1.618-mill figure …
Thursday, December 15, 2011
Upper St. Clair School District's Superintendent, Patrick O'Toole, is the 2012 Pennsylvania Superintendent of the Year, selected by the Pennsylvania Association of School Administrators.
Patrick O'Toole, Upper St. Clair School District's superintendent, was named 2012 Pennsylvania Superintendent of the Year by the Pennsylvania Association of School Administrators. Sharon Suritsky, assistant to the superintendent for curriculum and instruction and supervisor of special education, announced the award at the school board meeting on Monday night. "This is a huge honor and recognition," she said. Suritsky nominated O'Toole for the award in a "rigorous process that started six months ago." According to a news release, Suritsky included examples of O'Toole's administrative reorganization plan to foster a K-12 perspective for programing and creating an intensive, year-long leadership training program for his administrative team. …
Tuesday, December 6, 2011
The superintendent also gave an update on the rifle range at the high school.
The Upper St. Clair School Board appointed a new president and vice president Monday night. 2011-12 School Board Vice President Rebecca Stern will now serve as president. School Director Barbara Bolas was voted to become vice president. Superintendent Patrick O'Toole thanked Harry Kunselman for his time served as president for the past year and went over a long list of district accomplishments. Highlights included the middle school renovation projects, creating a director of advancement position, two bond refinancing opportunities, a wage agreement with Upper St. Clair School District support staff, new district policies, technology investments and a new district tagline. In addition, Judge Arnold Klein, an Upper St. Clair resident, swore …
Monday, November 7, 2011
Five school board candidates are running unopposed in Tuesday's election.
There are five open Upper St. Clair School Board seats this year and five candidates are running unopposed. Louis Oliverio is the only new candidate running for school board. The other four candidates are incumbents. Upper St. Clair Patch caught up with each candidate to hear their thoughts on the most important issues in the Upper St. Clair School District. On possibly making Streams Elementary an all-IB school Billerbeck said the board is in the middle of the process and she still needs more information. "I don't have any pre-conceived notions," Billerbeck said. "I've always been a strong IB supporter...I'm going to look at the demand for IB, how it affects the overall budget...and how it will affect home values in Upper St. Clair." On …
Wednesday, November 2, 2011
Election day is today!
The elections are today and a number of candidates are running for local office. Polls open at 7 a.m. and close at 8 p.m. Click here to locate your polling place. Elections Manager Mark Wolosik is predicting that 30 to 35 percent of registered voters in Allegheny County will go to the polls today. The Upper St. Clair races are not competitive this November. There are four candidates seeking four open commissioner seats and five candidates seeking five open school board seats. During the primary, Upper St. Clair resident Dorothy Davis received enough votes to appear on the November ballot against Commissioner Glenn Dandoy. However, Davis said she did not file the proper paperwork with the Allegheny County Electons Division by July 1 in …
Tuesday, September 20, 2011
The Upper St. Clair School District must decide whether to make Streams Elementary an all-IB school.
The audience was divided in opinion Monday night at the Upper St. Clair School District's second meeting held to discuss the possibility of converting Streams Elementary School into an all-International Baccalaureate school. Nearly 50 people attended the "open microphone" meeting held at Boyce Middle School, according to the sign-in sheets. Voices grew loud and audience members argued at times, as Superintendent Patrick O'Toole warned, "This will be civil and respectful or it will be over." Some residents attended the meeting to speak out against the IB program, other residents came to support the IB program and the rest of the crowd seemed as if they were simply trying to figure out if they should enroll their children in the IB program …
Thursday, May 12, 2011
Candidate profile for the upcoming primary election on May 17.
Angela Petersen has been part of the Upper St. Clair School Board for about 14 years. She served three elected terms and received two appointments. "I am a big believer in the school district," Petersen said. Experience is one of Petersen's strengths. She said she has been involved with all of the renovation and construction projects, starting with the high school. "My interest in the school district hasn't changed. I still have something to contribute," Petersen said. However, she hopes the board will attract new members—with children in and out of the school—in the coming years. "I feel like I bring a good work ethic to the board," Petersen said, as she explained her positive attributes as a candidate. "I also do many things outside of…