The following were among actions taken at the June 11 meeting of the Prince George's County Board of Education. For more information, call 952-6000.
BUDGET ACTIONS -- The board voted 7 to 1 to tentatively adopt the fiscal 1988-89 school budget approved by the Prince George's County Council three weeks ago.
Only board member Catherine Burch voted against it. Burch considers the new budget inadequate for growth. She said in an interview that she had hoped the new budget would help reduce class size per teacher in elementary schools, provide guidance counselors for the 30 elementary schools lacking them, and pay for more full-time media specialists. Most now work part time as a result of a 1982 cutback.
The board's action on its $424.9 million budget includes a recommendation by School Superintendent John A. Murphy that the county council reallocate $14 million in baseline spending and improvement funds to compensate for rising employe benefit costs, county trash disposal fees and state gasoline taxes.
The budget, with the board's reallocation recommendations, now goes back to the county council for review.
In other action, the board voted unanimously to request that the council approve allocation of an additional $1.5 million in revenue from state and federal sources to fund priority programs including school desegregation efforts and evening high school. "We need to continue to appropriate additional funds as they come available," said Associate Superintendent for Administration George Ridler.
Three weeks ago, the council approved a 1988-89 school budget that is $15 million less than the board requested but $39.7 million more than last year, a 10.3 percent increase.
COMMITTEE OF 100 REPORT -- The board got mostly positive preliminary responses from Superintendent Murphy and his staff on the progress of school desegregation policies begun two years ago.
Murphy and his staff were responding to the second annual report of the Community Advisory Council on Magnet and Compensatory Educational Programs (Committee of One Hundred). The report included proposals to step up funding for cultural programs in Milliken II schools, which receive additional staff and resources because the schools cannot be easily desegregated.
The committee also recommmended implementing an academic probationary procedure for all magnet high school programs, maintaining quality, variety and availability of computer and media equipment, and increasing community involvement with Milliken II schools in order to motivate underachievers and raise their levels of expectation.
SCHOOL BOUNDARY CHANGES -- Superintendent Murphy withdrew a proposal to adjust the attendance boundary of Oxon Hill High School by sending 54 incoming ninth grade students from the Glassmanor area to Potomac High School next school year. A spokesman for Murphy said the programs in the two schools are comparable. He said the proposal was withdrawn because Glassmanor parents indicated a preference for their neighborhood school.
About 24 parents and students from the mostly black Glassmanor area told the board at a hearing April 22 that it would be unfair to send the students to Potomac High, which has one of the lowest averages on standardized tests in the county, instead of to Oxon Hill, which has one of the highest. Oxon Hill is one of two high schools in the county that offers an advanced curriculum, stressing science and technology. Potomac is one of the county's Milliken II schools, which receive additional staff and resources because officials say the schools cannot be easily desegregated.
PROM POLICY -- A resolution introduced May 28 by board member Canavan, calling for senior proms to be scheduled on Saturday nights, died for lack of support. Had the resolution been brought to a vote and adopted, proms would have been limited to Saturday nights with few exceptions.