School Board To Review Lean Budget

January 23, 1991|By Dianne Williams Hayes | Dianne Williams Hayes,Staff writer

School board members will have their first public opportunity to review Superintendent Larry L. Lorton's proposed 1992 operating and capital budget tonight.

The proposed $358.7 million operating budget represents a $28.6 million, or 8.7 percent, increase over current spending levels.

Previous school budgets have included proposed increases of up to15 percent and an emphasis on advancing new projects. Not so this year, as students and school system employees gird up for what promisesto be a lean year.

Lorton's no-frills budget calls for 60 new teachers to address a projected 1,500 additional students. But pay increases for teachers, secretaries, principals and custodians, all of whose unions are negotiating with the board, appear unlikely.

The proposed $43.9 million capital budget includes $7 million for ISIS, the integrated computer system. Much of the remaining money is set aside for pressing health and safety projects that have finally forced their way to the top of the budget.

The $9 million in the budget for construction at Lindale Junior, to convert it to North County High, ranks ninth on the priority list.

In previous years, County Council members have criticized the board for not placing North County atop the list. Lorton, however, said its placement is not a reflection of the Board of Education's commitment to the project.

Public hearingson the budget will be scheduled in February. Today, board members will begin to determine their own priority list.

In other action today:

* Board members will consider a request to revamp the way school instruction materials are reviewed.

Teachers have been serving on review committees while substitutes were called in to take over their classes. But because of school system financial problems, executive director of curriculum Dennis Younger has asked that coordinators and non-teaching staff be allowed to handle the committees.

* Board members are scheduled to vote on whether they will defer reorganizing the Old Mill High feeder system until they hear more from parents.

* The Chesapeake Regional Association of Student Councils will present an overview of the leadership training workshops the group provides.

* The board will vote on whether to approve a request from the French Club at Chesapeake Middle School to travel to Quebec and Montreal in March.

The meeting is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. at board headquarters on Riva Road in Annapolis.

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