• The Fox Chapel Area School District Resource Planning Advisory, established in 1991, functions as an advisory panel with new members selected by the superintendent.

    The group meets two to three times as the budget for the next school year is being prepared.

    • The first meeting is in late February or early March.
      • The initial budget, prepared by the business manager and based on requested amounts from building administrators and department chairpersons, is presented.
      • Discussion takes place regarding what makes up the budget totals, including any major expenses, as well as cost-saving measures that could occur.
      • Talks also include potential additional revenue based on millage increase options according to the district’s Act 1 index, provided by the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE), coupled with the Act 1 resolution passed each January by the Fox Chapel Area School Board.
      • Enrollment projections also are presented, as well as possible staffing numbers, based on what is known at that time. This is information only to assist with discussions. No staffing nor programming decisions are made by the Resource Planning Advisory.

    • The second and any additional meetings, if needed, are held between the first meeting and late April.
      • Follow-up questions from prior meetings are discussed.
      • The group then agrees on moving forward with the current iteration of the budget to recommend to the School Board with or without tax increases.
      • The budget is presented to the School Board, as recommended by the Resource Planning Advisory, at the May board meeting. It’s advertised and made available for public inspection and/or comments. Final budget acceptance and adoption takes place at the board’s discretion.
      • The School Board can request additional information or make changes to the budget.
      • The final budget must be approved before June 30 to meet all PDE deadlines and timelines.

    • Upon completion of the Annual Financial Report/annual audit, a meeting is held around late October.
      • The Resource Planning Advisory analyzes the budget for actual totals from the prior year as well as the estimated actual to actual totals that were used for budget preparation.


  • Community Members

    Robert Marsh
    Member since 2015

    Richard Meyer
    Member since 1991

    Kevin Romango
    Member since 2012

    Joel Weinstein
    Member since 1991

    Fox Chapel Area Educators Association Representative

    Michael Frank
    Member since 2021

    Fox Chapel Area School Board Representatives

    Marybeth Dadd
    School Board President

    Ron Frank
    School Board Vice President

    Eric Hamilton
    School Board Treasurer

    Fox Chapel Area School District Administration Representatives

    Mary Catherine Reljac, Ed.D.

    David McCommons, Ed.D.
    Deputy Superintendent

    Kimberly Pawlishak
    Business Manager