Tuesday, December 4, 2012
Barbara Bolas, who served as vice president of the board in 2012, is now president.
The Upper St. Clair School Board Monday night elected Barbara Bolas as its new president and Louis Mafrice as its vice president. Both votes were unanimous. Bolas said she has a she has a renewed motivation to improve and maintain high quality public education after recently becoming a grandmother again. Superintendent Patrick O'Toole recognized the 2012 board President Rebecca Stern for her leadership and went over some of the year's highlights, including renegotiating teacher contracts, converting Streams Elementary to all IB, restructuring the administration staff and undergoing two audits—local and state—with no findings. The next board meeting is Monday, Dec. 10. Follow us on Twitter | Like us on Facebook
Tuesday, January 24, 2012
The move will give the board 'maximum amount of flexibility' come June.
The Upper St. Clair School Board passed a preliminary budget Monday night for the 2012-13 school year, which includes a 1.647-mill tax increase and the elimination of nine professional and five support staff positions. A 1.647-mill tax is equivalent to $329 per $200,000 of assessed value. The vote was 7-2. School Directors Louis Oliverio and Louis Mafrice voted against passing the budget. They said they aren't comfortable with such a large tax increase. "I believe a budget is a budget," Oliverio said. "In order for me to vote yes, I need to be comfortable with it." "I believe that this proposed budget falls short of serving members of the community," Mafrice said. "I look at it differently," board member Amy Billerbeck said. "There's one …
Tuesday, December 13, 2011
Monday night's action will 'provide the boar with maximum flexibility' come June 2012.
The Upper St. Clair School Board passed a preliminary budget Monday night that could allow the school directors to raise taxes by 1.57 mills in June 2012. A 1.57 mills tax increase would be equal to $314 per $200,000 of assessed value. In addition, the budget would eliminate 16 staff positions, including 10 fulltime teachers and six supporting staff. The vote was made so early in the year to allow for the district to apply with the Department of Education to raise taxes above the pre-set state limit, which is .337 mills next year, equivalent to $67 per $200,000 of assessed value. District administrators recommended the board adopt the preliminary budget to allow for "maximum financial flexibility" when it comes time to adopt a final budget…
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 …