Saturday, May 11, 2013
Dr. Patrick O'Toole is set to speak to the graduates this month.
Upper St. Clair's Superintendent Patrick O’Toole, a graduate of 1979, will return to Clarion University May 18 to deliver both the 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. commencement addresses. In his address, “Leadership, Learning and Opportunity,” O’Toole will encourage graduates to seek the opportunities that come through personal leadership and learning. "My selection (as commencement speaker) is an example to students that we are not finished products on graduation day," O’Toole said. One of the most inspiring moments in his education, and one that has guided his career as an educator, happened in a Clarion University classroom. "A college professor once gave me feedback that I could be a ‘good teacher’ by being technically sound, but if I wanted to be a…
Friday, January 25, 2013
The Upper St. Clair School District ran on a two-hour delay Tuesday and Wednesday.
Upper St. Clair Superintendent Patrick O'Toole ordered a two-hour delay on Tuesday and Wednesday this week because of the wind chill factor. Some Patch readers questioned whether the temperature would increase much in a two-hour span. "The temperature usually rises after sunrise. There is greater safety in general in daylight. We sometimes need more time to get all the buses started when there are extended periods of cold weather," O'Toole responded. The National Weather Service in Pittsburgh issued a wind chill advisory for Upper St. Clair on Tuesday and Wednesday. O'Toole said class is not always canceled or postponed when there is an advisory in effect, however, parents "should expect the possibility of a delay." When the two-hour …
Tuesday, January 15, 2013
'Should we have armed security in any or all of the buildings?' asked Upper St. Clair School Director Harry Kunselman.
Upper St. Clair Superintendent Patrick O'Toole discussed security measures and changes in the school district on the one-month anniversary of the Newtown massacre. "There are some really difficult decisions on what school environment we will have. Obviously, we want a safe environment," O'Toole told school directors on Monday night. Currently the school district has two school police officers that "basically have the authority of municipal officers," according to O'Toole. There are also two additional part-time security officers. They have been "working more full-time recently." "We've had a bigger and expanded presence at the three elementary schools and two middle schools (than before)," O'Toole said. Plans have sped up to bring …
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Teachers met before class began.
The Upper St. Clair School District reviewed its security procedures and added layers of security following the tragic school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut. "Every educator in America was uneasy today," Superintendent Patrick O'Toole said Monday. "We all feel somewhat vulnerable." The staff in each district building met before class on Monday morning to review safety measures and help the teachers prepare for questions students may ask them. O'Toole sent out two emails to parents after the massacre on Friday. He said he sent out the information that he would want to know as a parent, including information about how to talk to your children about the incident. "The tips we send out are the same tips I have to employ as a parent," he said…
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Dr. Patrick O'Toole said he would like the school board to approve a budget in May instead of June.
Superintendent Patrick O'Toole said he has a "very strong desire" not to raise taxes next year. He told the Upper St. Clair School Board Monday night that the administration has no intention of applying for tax exceptions this year and has a goal of having zero tax increase. The Pennsylvania Department of Education requires school boards to adopt a resolution by the end of January indicating they won't raise taxes over the state index if they plan on not filing for Act 1 exceptions, according to Business Manager Frosina Cordisco. Following O'Toole's recommendation, the school board voted in favor of moving the adoption of the 2013-14 budget up to May instead of June so there would be more time to implement changes. That means they must …
Monday, December 10, 2012
The three-year contract includes a pay increase in 2013-14 and 2014-15.
The Upper St. Clair School District and the union representing about 180 employees have agreed on a three-year collective bargaining agreement. The school board voted 8-0 on Monday night to approve the contract. The Upper St. Clair Special Service Federation represents custodians, maintenance workers, mechanics, secretaries, aides and nutrition center employees. The union members voted to approve the agreement on Saturday, Dec. 8. Details of the contract include a wage freeze in the 2012-13 school year and increases in 2013-14 and 2014-15 of 20 cents per hour for all members except teacher aides who will receive increases of $.25 per hour in each of the two years. This represents an average annual wage increase of about 1 percent in years …
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
Sunday, September 16, 2012
Administrators, including the superintendent, spoke to local seniors about taxes and education.
Upper St. Clair School District administrators recently connected with some senior citizens in the community when the township’s Older Adult Coordinator Amy Kerman invited them to speak at the USC United Senior Citizens luncheon on Wednesday, Sept. 12. Dr. Patrick O’Toole, superintendent of schools, began the presentation by thanking the group of nearly 60 individuals for their support of the students and the school district noting the important role that senior citizens have in the community. He reviewed how reduced federal and state funding, as well as pension obligations, have impacted the school district’s budget. O’Toole also shared a copy of the June 2012 issue of e-BLAST, which is a digital newsletter posted monthly to the school …
Saturday, August 18, 2012
Take a look at who's who for 2012-13 and some positions that have been eliminated.
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Saturday, August 18, 2012
The following restructuring of the Upper St. Clair School District administrative team represents approximately $100,000 in salary savings for 2012-13, according to information provided by Dr. Patrick O'Toole, superintendent: As part of the reorganization, two district office positions (director of human resources and director of operations, community relations and special projects) and one building-level position (director of high school guidance) have been eliminated.
Wednesday, August 15, 2012
Christine Mussomeli comes to the district from Pittsburgh Public Schools.
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Wednesday, August 15, 2012
A new assistant principal is joining the staff at Upper St. Clair High School. Christine Mussomeli has been appointed to the position previously held by Lou Angelo, who has been promoted to associate high school principal. She starts her duties today. Mussomeli comes to the district from the Pittsburgh Public Schools Science and Technology Academy, where she was director of science, technology and engineering. She had been with Pittsburgh Public Schools since 2002. A Peters Township resident, Mussomeli earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Duquesne University. She was selected from among 69 applicants for the assistant principal’s position. “We are very happy to welcome Ms. Mussomeli to our leadership team,” said Dr. Patrick O’…