The Upper St. Clair School Board approved its ad hoc committee’s final report and authorized McLean Architects to continue the design development, construction documents and construction phase administration for the proposed capital projects and additional capital projects. The action was approved during the school board’s meeting on March 28, 2017.
An ad hoc committee of the Upper St. Clair School Board presented its capital projects recommendations during the school board’s meeting on Monday, March 13, 2017. Projects include the following:
- Construction of new 8-lane pool at the high school
- Consideration of a separate Diving Well / Special Use Pool, to be bid as an add alternate or delete to the project
- Construction of a multi-use complex at the high school stadium, to include:
- Home and visitor-side bleacher repair/renovation
- ADA compliant restroom facilities, ticket booth, concession area, announcing facilities
- Multi-use space available for school district and community use
- District Administrative Office space within the complex
- Completion of Boyce Athletic Field facilities
- A single structure to include rest rooms/changing area, concession area and announcing booth
The ad hoc committee’s recommendation also includes the removal of a pedestrian bridge at the high school and repaving of the high school’s parking lot at the conclusion of the project.
“The new facilities will provide a greater level of service to our students and our community members,” Dr. Patrick O’Toole, superintendent of schools, said.
Under the anticipated timeline, construction could begin in the spring of 2018 with an estimated completion in August 2019.
The estimated cost for all of the projects totals $16 million. The potential effect on property taxpayers is spread out over two years with a tentative 0.15 mill tax increase in 2018-19 and a tentative 0.16 mill tax increase in 2019-20. Anticipated additional revenue from new commercial and residential developments could mitigate some of the anticipated increase.
In addition, the school district is seeking private contributions through a legacy campaign. Director of Advancement Sheila Gorgonio has worked with several Upper St. Clair families who have privately funded various initiatives.
“Throughout the process, we will be closely monitoring project costs and increased property tax revenue from new construction,” Dr. O’Toole said. “Those factors combined with private contributions may present opportunities to lessen the financial impact on our taxpayers.”
The ad hoc committee was commissioned in the fall of 2015 to review facility needs and deliver its recommendations regarding proposed capital projects, timeline, funding options and other considerations. In addition to a dozen meetings and public reports to the entire school board, the ad hoc committee hosted a Community Forum, attended by more than 200 community members, in November 2016.