Because of information provided by Arlington school officials, it was incorrectly reported yesterday that the county school board's 1988-89 budget includes $97,000 to test a computer-based learning program. The board removed that item from the budget earlier. (Published 2/27/88)
The Arlington School Board last night adopted a $95 million operating budget request for the next school year that would increase spending by 5 percent and provide for a new science curriculum and a seven-period day for secondary students.
The budget would give teachers a 2 percent raise in addition to annual 3 percent "step" increases for seniority and an expected 4 percent cost-of-living raise.
The board shaved $854,866 off the budget proposed last month by Superintendent Arthur W. Gosling.
"We're in good shape," said Gosling. "We will certainly be able to live with and work with this budget. We came away with the important things."
The County Board, which appropriates money for schools, will hold a budget hearing March 15 and intends to adopt the budget April 30.
The fact that the requested 5 percent spending increase is slightly more than half the increase granted in the current school year reflects the stability of the county's school-age population.
County and school officials have said the budget indicates a desire to hold down spending while they try to persuade voters to approve the county's first multimillion-dollar school bond referendum in more than a decade.
The bonds would help finance a 20-year capital improvement program for schools estimated to cost $66 million. The County Board will decide this summer whether to put the issue before the voters at a referendum.
In addition to operating expenses, the board approved $4.55 million for community activities, $2 million for capital projects and $2.3 million for food services. The food services budget will be reimbursed through a 10-cent increase in the cost of school meals.
The budget also includes:
$168,000 for a new program to enhance the science curriculum.
$590,000 to add a seventh-period day in secondary schools.
$97,000 to test a computer based learning program in two elementary schools.
The school system will ask the county to allocate $80.19 million. The rest will come from state and federal funds.