May 25, 2021
School Board approves proposed final budget
The Upper St. Clair School Board approved the district’s 2021-22 proposed final budget totaling $91,747,633 with a millage rate of 27.6772, a 2.9 percent increase of 0.78 mills, during its meeting on Monday, May 24, 2021. Final budget approval is set for June 28.
“The proposed final budget takes into consideration both the short and long-term financial health of the district, while maintaining excellence in education,” Dr. John T. Rozzo, superintendent of schools, said. “The budget continues to support all existing programs and activities, while providing funding for essential capital projects and purchases that were deferred due to the pandemic.”
School districts throughout the nation have received CARES Act and Elementary & Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) funding to assist with pandemic-related expenses. In Pennsylvania, ESSER funding is distributed through the Pennsylvania Department of Education using the federal Title I formula.
At $824,511, the Upper St. Clair School District received among the lowest ESSER II and III funds and, at $204.69, the lowest per student allocation of the 665 Pennsylvania school districts and charter/cyber charter schools. Meanwhile, six cyber charter schools collected ESSER amounts ranging from $4,268,250 to $47,144,770.
In Upper St. Clair, 2020-21 ESSER Funding was used to purchase technology including student iPads, laptops, video-conferencing equipment, OWL labs, Promethean ActivPanels as well as desk dividers. Planned use of ESSER funding for 2021-22 includes additional instructional technology, operations equipment, summer remediation and contingency planning related to instructional models and curriculum.
Throughout the 2021-22 budget process, which began in December 2020, the district’s leadership team has focused on three primary objectives.
“This budget process has been driven by three primary goals: maintain a high-quality education for our students; balance the needs of the school district while recognizing our fiduciary responsibilities to the community, and remain cognizant of the interdependence of all aspects that directly and indirectly affect our students’ school experience,” Mr. Burchill, director of finance, said.
The school board will vote on the final budget and taxes on Monday, June 28, 2021. The meeting, which is open to the public, begins at 8 a.m.
“Throughout these next few weeks, we will continue to evaluate revenue projections and analyze the potential for savings while closely monitoring variables such as enrollment, class size, state and federal mandates, students’ needs, and other factors that impact student learning,” Mr. Burchill said.
The 2021-22 proposed final budget is available on the district’s website and at the district’s administrative building, 1775 McLaughlin Run Road.