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A Call for Fiscal Restraint on School CIP Spending

The School Board held a public hearing last week on the Superintendent’s proposed FY 2007-20012 Capital Improvement Plan that totals $285 million, including $234 million from bonds if the plan is approved by the School Board. A focus of the hearing seemed to be Thomas Jefferson Middle School since the school had been ranked as second most in need of renovation, but seemed to be getting short shrift in the CIP, according to this week’s Arlington Connection.

Beth Wolffe, chair of the Arlington County Civic Federation’s schools committee, “called for the School Board to pursue a less aggressive, more fiscally conservative construction policy,” according to the Connection. Specifically, she said the committee’s report recommended scaling back the “proposed bond referendum from $78.5 million to about $44 million.”

Kudos to Ms. Wolffe and the ACCF schools committee!