• May 24, 2019

    USC School Board approves proposed final budget

    Investing in Excellence The Upper St. Clair School Board approved the district’s 2019-20 proposed final budget totaling $85,605,415 with a millage rate of 26.3775, a 2 percent increase of 0.5172 mills, during its meeting on Monday, May 20, 2019. 

    “’Investing in Excellence’ has been the theme during the process of developing the proposed 2019-20 budget for the Upper St. Clair School District,” Dr. John T. Rozzo, superintendent of schools, said. “Our objective was to strategically invest in the needs of the students while maintaining fiscal responsibility. This has been a challenge that our school district and school board take very seriously.”

    The proposed final budget represents an increase of 2.37 percent in expenditures over the current year, the lowest percentage increase since 2012-13. 

    “We are pleased to present a responsible budget that supports quality education and is mindful of the burden on our taxpayers,” Dr. Rozzo said. “I am proud to share that this budget maintains all existing educational programs and continues the district’s investment in safety, security and student wellness.”

    Some additional facts regarding the proposed final budget include: 

    • The 2 percent increase to the real estate millage rate is below the 2.3 percent inflationary index determined by the Pennsylvania Department of Education.
    • The annual tax impact on a $250,000 home would be $129.24 or $10.77 per month.
    • Continued investments totaling over $800,000 will be made in the areas of safety, security and student wellness.
    • Nearly $400,000 is attributed to mandated increases to the Public School Employees Retirement System.
    • More than $200,000 represents anticipated increases in charter and cyber charter school tuition.

    “During the budgeting process, an emphasis was placed on ensuring that the goals of the 2015-20 Strategic Plan were met as well as maintaining the daily, high-quality student-centered learning that has achieved measurable results,” Dr. Rozzo added.

    Below is a representative list of recent achievements of the Upper St. Clair School District’s commitment to investing in excellence:  

    • The Pittsburgh Business Times 2019 Guide to Western Pennsylvania Schools ranked USC:
      • 1 among 102 school districts throughout the seven-county region
      • 3 among the Commonwealth’s 500 school districts
      • Over the past 15 years:
        • 1 school district in region
        • 2 school district in state   
    • U.S. News & World Report’s 2019 Best High Schools ranking of Upper St. Clair High School:
      • Top 2 percent of high schools in the nation
      • 9 in Pennsylvania
      • 1 in Allegheny County
      • Ranks 444th out of 23,265 high schools nationally
    • U.S. Department of Education Blue Ribbon Schools designation for all six schools
    • Academic Achievement Scores:
      • SAT: No. 1 in the region
      • ACT: No. 1 in the region
      • Keystone: No. 1 in the region 
    • Other Accomplishments:
      • 2019 Best Communities for Music Education, four years in a row
      • Addition of highly trained school police officers at each school building
      • Full-time counselors at each school 

    The school board will vote on the final budget and taxes on Wednesday, June 19, 2019. The meeting, which is open to the public, begins at 8 a.m. at the district’s central office, 1820 McLaughlin Run Road in Upper St. Clair. The 2019-20 proposed final budget is available on the district’s website and at the district’s central offices.


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