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DEVELOPING: Arlington School Budget Cuts Revealed

by ARLnow.com — February 23, 2010 at 7:35 pm 636 1 Comment

At tonight’s school board meeting, Arlington County Schools superintendent Dr. Pat Murphy will reveal significant cuts in the school system’s proposed fiscal year 2011 budget. Here are some of the notable items in Dr. Murphy’s proposed budget:

  • APS facing $12.8 million budget shortfall (reflects county manager’s tax proposal, but does not take into account an expected decrease in funding from the state)
  • School enrollment is projected to exceed 21,000 for the next school year
  • APS will eliminate at least 57 full-time equivalent school-based positions
  • APS will eliminate at least 36 full-time equivalent support positions
  • There will likely be no teacher layoffs, as the school scales back new hires and shifts affected teachers to vacant positions
  • APS expects 15-20 support staff layoffs
  • The Arlington planetarium will be closed
  • Class sizes will increase by one pupil for grades K-3 and 6-12
  • Staff salaries will be frozen at the current year’s levels
  • Budget does not include funding for new initiatives or program expansions
  • $0.5 million in new school fees will be imposed, including: increased pool fees, building rental fees, drivers education fees, summer program fees, cafeteria meal prices and Montessori tuition
  • Fewer summer school sites and larger summer school class sizes
  • Wakefield alumni

    I understand from sources that W&L and Yorktown High Schools are so full of students that they were considered adding trailers. Now they are rotating school schedules to handle overcapacity at the two high schools, while Wakefield is under populated and has had to furlough teachers to other schools. Where is the balance here? Check out the 2009 Student Civil Rights Statistics summary for the percentages of Hispanic/Black/White at the high schools – shocking. And the new high schools are built north of Arlington Boulevard…..

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