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District approves administrative restructuring

June 7, 2019

District approves administrative restructuring

Dr. John Rozzo Several administrators in the Upper St. Clair School District will take on new roles in the upcoming 2019-20 school year. The school board approved the administrative restructuring during its meeting on Monday, June 3, 2019.

“We are shifting roles and responsibilities to align with the district’s needs and strategic goals,” Dr. John T. Rozzo, superintendent of schools, said. “We have not added additional staffing, we’re simply more effectively leveraging our existing resources.”

Under the new operating model, four distinct areas will report to the superintendent:

  • kindergarten through grade eight education;
  • grades nine through 12 education;
  • operations and administrative services; and
  • finance and accounting 

Dr. Sharon Suritsky “Our goal is for the district, through defined and dedicated leadership, to increase alignment, collaboration and measurable results as well as to improve efficiencies,” Dr. Rozzo said.

Dr. Sharon Suritsky, who has been assistant superintendent/deputy superintendent of schools since July 2014 will lead the district’s elementary and middle school educational programs, which cover kindergarten through grade eight. She first joined the district’s administrative staff in 1996 as supervisor of special education and has ascended to several leadership roles during her tenure.

Amy Pfender Amy Pfender, who has served as the district’s director of student support services since 2016, has been promoted to assistant to the superintendent. In this new role she will oversee the district’s educational program in grades 9 through 12. A search for a new director of student support services will commence immediately. Upper St. Clair School District’s student support services department oversees a variety of areas that include school counseling, psychological services, health services, special education, English as a second language and homebound instruction.

Ray Carson Under the new organizational structure, the area of operations and administrative services, comprised of all non-education, non-finance functions will be under the oversight of the senior director of operations and administrative services. Ray Carson, who was hired as the district’s director of human resources in August 2018, will transition to this new role. The position will be responsible for human resources, safety and security, information technology, facilities, custodial and maintenance, transportation, communications, strategic planning and reporting, and advancement.

Scott Burchill Director of Business and Finance Scott Burchill, who joined the district’s staff in 2017, will continue to lead the district’s business office, financial analysis/modeling, the annual budgeting process, financial controls, financial reporting, payroll, accounts receivable/payable, Right-to-Know requests, and compliance as well as food services.

Dr. Louis Angelo, Upper St. Clair High School principal since 2015, has been promoted to director of operations and facilities, responsible for the district’s facilities, maintenance, custodial services and transportation departments. Previously, the facilities position had been contracted through Aramark – the district will take over this position and its responsibilities. Dr. Angelo began his career in Upper St. Clair as a high school English teacher and then served as high school assistant principal and associate principal for nine years.

The high school will be led by Dr. Timothy Wagner, who has served as the associate principal for program planning and innovation since 2015. He joined the Upper St. Clair faculty in 2007 and since that time he has taught at the elementary, middle school and high school levels and served as a curriculum leader. Dan Beck and Dan Zelenski will continue to serve as assistant principals at the high school. Dr. Wagner’s current position will not be filled as the assistant to the superintendent position will provide additional oversight of the high school program.

The position of supervisor of customized and online learning – held by Brad Wilson – will transform to supervisor of strategic initiatives. Mr. Wilson joined the Upper St. Clair faculty in 2007 – serving as a middle school social studies teacher. He later served as the customization/instructional technology curriculum leader for two years before being named to his current position in 2015. The district’s current strategic plan encompasses 2015-2020. Planning for the upcoming strategic plan will begin in the coming months.

“We have spent a considerable amount of time analyzing the district’s organizational structure,” Dr. Rozzo said. “I am confident that these changes will allow the Upper St. Clair School District to continue to thrive.”