Smith trims $244,000 from supplemental budget plan

Superintendent to present change today

goal is to target math, expand IB

February 16, 2005

Anne Arundel County schools Superintendent Eric J. Smith has trimmed $244,000 from a supplemental budget request aimed at starting a math intervention program and expanding the International Baccalaureate program at the middle and high school levels.

Smith will present the change at today's school board meeting, where members will consider the operating and capital budgets for the next school year.

By eliminating two staff positions for each program as well as $47,000 for classroom supplies for teachers, the request would drop from $2.2 million to $1.99 million. That would bring Smith's total proposed budget request to $735 million.

Also on today's agenda is a proposal from the school system's calendar committee to add Dec. 23 and Jan. 2 to the next Christmas and winter holiday break, which is now one week. If approved, two days would be added to the end of the 2005-2006 school year.

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