Arlington County

The following were among actions taken at the Jan. 21 meeting of the Arlington School Board. For more information, call 558-2838.

BUDGET PRESENTATION -- Arlington School Superintendent Arthur W. Gosling presented a $96 million operating budget for next year that would increase employee salaries by 2 percent, improve the science curriculum and add a seventh period to the school day.

The proposal represents a 5.9 percent increase over the current $90.6 million budget and also includes: $1.4 million for a 2 percent pay raise that employees would get in addition to a cost-of-living increase for all county employees to be determined by the County Board in February.

$168,462 for improvements to the science curriculum at the county's four intermediate and four high schools by funding a new science course for eighth graders, buying new computers, keeping science labs open on Saturdays and offering additional advanced placement science courses to seniors;

$528,000 to pay additional teacher salaries if the School Board approves Gosling's recommendation to add a seventh period to the high school students' day.

The School Board will hold a public hearing on the proposed budget on Feb. 18 and will take final action on it on Feb. 25. The budget will then be forwarded to the County Board, which will take final action on the fiscal package on April 30.

NEW PROGRAM ADOPTED -- The board adopted Gosling's recommendation to offer a pilot language program in Japanese for high school students next fall.

Arlington high school students now can take classes in French, Spanish, Latin and German. Several citizen, teacher and parent groups have recommended adding a fifth foreign language course to the high school curriculum.

Japanese was recommended by all the groups, partly because Japanese language courses are becoming more widely offered by colleges and universities around the country.