Back to school/East: Your school, from enrollment to taxes
September 13, 2012 8:45 AM
Gateway kindergarten teacher Jill Mutschler helps 5-year-old Jesus Ramos with his locker during Cleveland Steward Elementary's two-day kindergarten orientation in August. Full-day kindergarten is now available districtwide.
School is back in session, and in many east suburban public school districts that means new faces, new programs, new curricula and new technology. For some, it even means new or updated buildings.
Here are some highlights of this new school year, along with key facts -- including tax information -- about each district. Note that student enrollment figures are still in flux.
Not all districts could provide complete information.
For details on a specific district, contact that district's business office
2,000 students started Aug. 27.
2012-13 budget: $31.76 million
There were no tax hikes or program cuts, but some programs were downsized.
Average tax bill: $1,045
New this year: A 6,000-square-foot fitness center at the high school.
There are ongoing upgrades to the stadium complex (new scoreboard, press box and track resurfacing). Roofs on the maintenance building and barn used for the agricultural programs were replaced.
New superintendent is David Welling; new assistant superintendent is Cheryl Walters; new middle school principal is Jeff Metzger; new elementary school associate principal is Rod Bisi; and new middle school dean of students is Lisa Dubich.
The district received a $964,000 federal Keystones to Opportunity grant for curriculum development and teacher training.
1,760 students started Tuesday.
2012-13 budget: $30.32 million
The tax rate has stayed at 27.54 mills since 2010, but home economics classes were cut this year.
Average tax bill: $1,200
New this year: Graphics has been reinstated as a high school elective.
Two new assistant principals, Angela McEwan and Betsy D'Emidio, were added to administrative staff.
The district will participate in the Pennsylvania Youth Survey through the Violence Prevention Task Force of the Allegheny Intermediate Unit and the Office of the District Attorney.