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Cost-per-Student to Decline Under Superintendent’s Budget0

Arlington’s new superintendent, Patrick Murphy, presented his proposed FY 2011 budget to the School Board yesterday. The proposed budget totals $442.1 million (school operating fund only), which is an increase of $3.5 million, or 0.8% over the FY 2010 adopted budget. He projects a budget shortfall of $12.8 million.

According to the presentation slides, the budget does not contain any employee step increases, provides no COLA, and has no new initiatives or program expansions. Of course, we’ve never understood why new initiatives and new programs were needed year in, and year out.

Both new fees as well as fee increases are planned.

The bottom line is  that the cost-per-student is expected to decline by 3.4%, dropping from $18,569 to $17,942, which is still higher than most other school districts in the region. Additional budget details are available in Scott McCaffrey’s story posted online at the Arlington Sun Gazette.

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