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School Board Approves Proposed Budget
The Arlington School Board approved its proposed FY 2014 budget at last night’s meeting. The budget included several changes from Superintendent Patrick Murphy’s budget proposed on February 28. The changes accounted for additional funds provided by Arlington County based on its third quarter review of current fiscal-year expenditures and assume an additional 3/10¢ of tax revenue, which is in the County Board’s current draft budget to be adopted on Sat, Apr. 20.
Among the School Board’s changes were restoration of some staffing for the Teen Parenting Program, elementary reading teachers, SOL core supplement teachers, high school gifted teachers, and funding for the school division’s minor construction/major maintenance fund. Some of the funds were restored using one-time funds and are subject to review in advance of the FY 2015 budget. A complete list of the School Board’s changes to the Superintendent’s budget is available here.
The Board is scheduled to adopt the budget at its May 2 meeting.
Annual K-12 Science Update – The Board was provided an update on the science program. Staff noted that the APS pass rate is at 90% or higher in all six science SOL tests in 2012 and that the APS pass rate increased in five out of six science SOL tests from 2011 to 2012. Only the grade 5 science pass rate remained the same (90%). Between 2010-12, the achievement gap closed by at least five points in the combined End of Course (EOC) Science pass rate for Black and Hispanic students. Staff also noted that the APS pass rate for the Science SOL increased for economically disadvantaged, special education and English language learners students in 2012. Limited English Proficiency (LEP) students pass rate in the combined EOC Science increased seven points from 2011 to 2012.
Annual K-12 Health/Physical Education Update – The report focused on physical education and the SOL standard for “Physically Active Lifestyle.” Staff highlighted program lessons and activities as well as awards that schools have received and the ways they promote physical activity.
The meeting began with the School Board’s recognition of Key Elementary School for receiving the 2012 Colegio del Año award. Key was awarded the International Spanish Academy award from the Embassy of Spain for excellence in language education programs, specifically Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL) programs in English and Spanish.
More information on the above items can be found on BoardDocs.
Citizens who want to comment on any of the items discussed at the April 18 School Board meeting should contact the Board at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 703-228-6015.
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