The following item was discussed by the Alexandria School Board at its Dec. 6 meeting. For further information, call 824-6635.
BUDGET PROPOSED -- Superintendent Paul W. Masem presented a $75.5 million proposed budget for the next school year that provides for no cost-of-living increases for teachers and eliminates 42 support staff positions, but which proposes adding 21 new teaching positions.
However, most teachers would receive a pay raise as provided in their contracts -- which would average 2.8 percent, based on seniority.
Masem described his 1991-92 budget proposal, which is $240,000 less than current spending, as "less than adequate" to address the needs of today's diverse student population. But he indicated his request was shaped largely by an expected 24 percent drop in state financing, from $15.4 million to $11.8 million.
Masem's proposal seeks $63.2 million from the city,5.7 percent higher than this year's appropriation -- which falls below the 6.1 percent spending ceiling targeted by the City Council.
Although Masem hopes to cut 42 support staff positions through attrition, he has recommended adding 21 new teaching slots, including 6 1/2 in elementary schools to help meet an estimated increase of 100 grade-school students next year. The proposal also provides for seven new positions for teachers of English As a Second Language to serve a rising population of immigrant children.