Upper St. Clair School Board plans early jump on budget
The Upper St. Clair School Board will tackle its budget more than a month earlier than usual to smooth its busy budget-making season.
With a teacher contract in place and property taxes increased 1.618 mills last year to minimize or avoid a second year of tax increases, Superintendent Patrick O'Toole asked the school board at its December meeting to consider starting and ending the 2013-14 budget process sooner.
Now, instead of finalizing the budget by the end of June, the board scheduled its final vote for May. The proposed final budget will be available for public review and comment starting in April.
The board will still decide in January whether it will seek any exemptions from the state's Act 1 limitations on how much it can raise taxes each year. That will likely be a quick decision to stay within the limits, since O'Toole does not plan on asking for a second year of tax increases.
Having the teacher contract signed in the spring should cut down on uncertainty when drawing up the budget, although it also prohibits the district from laying off teachers, said district Director of Business and Finance Frosina Cordisco.
“Our process should not be as cumbersome — it should still be thorough, just not as cumbersome,” Cordisco said.
Earlier passage of the budget gives district personnel more time to implement it. The Technology Department, for example, will have an easier time of ordering and installing equipment, she said.
Matthew Santoni is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-380-5625 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Add Matthew Santoni to your Google+ circles.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Mt. Lebanon’s artificial turf plan hits a snag
- Dormont store to reopen this fall
- Events with alcohol help libraries raise funds for extras
- Young Achiever: Derica Sanchez
- Wexford junction in need of repair