The following was among actions taken at the Oct. 8 meeting of the Arlington School Board. For more information, call 558-2838.

PLANNER HIRED -- The board announced it had hired James Wilson as planner in charge of coordinating the school system's major $66 million renovation. The project, which involves renovating all of Arlington's 38 school buildings, is expected to take 20 years.

Last fall, a consultant hired by the schools outlined improvements the county school buildings will need in future years.

Wilson, whose job begins immediately, will be paid $43,843 to help rank the renovation projects in order of priority and oversee the program. School officials have not decided how to finance the extensive renovation project. One option is to hold a bond referendum in the fall of 1988.

Improvements recommended by the consultant a year ago include: installing new air conditioning and heating systems and elevators to make facilities accessible to the handicapped; improving lighting, enlarging parking lots around school buildings, installing new ceilings and floors and repaving sidewalks, curbs and gutters.

Wilson retired from the Army in June as a colonel. He last served as deputy commander of the U.S. Army Military District of Washington. In that position, he supervised capital improvement projects at several Washington area Army installations, including Fort Myer and Fort McNair.