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Arlington School Board Set to Make FY 2018 Budget Its Own

 The Arlington Sun Gazette's Scott McCaffrey reported earlier today that "Arlington School Board members on April 6 are expected to adopt a proposed fiscal 2018 budget of just over $616 million – a spending plan that asks the County Board to fill in a budget gap of just under $13 million."

McCaffrey continues:

"The package that heads to preliminary approval on Thursday is slightly less than the budget request sought by Superintendent Patrick Murphy in February, but would still be a record-breaker.

"School officials aim to save just under $1 million because of a decrease in students in the special-education and English-as-a-Second-Language populations. Officials also anticipate slightly higher state revenue than had been projected when Murphy submitted his budget plan."

And then adds:

"While County Board members are all but assured of providing most if not all the funding needed to meet that gap, School Board members also will consider additional potential cuts, including increasing class sizes and postponing implementation of pay raises by six months while eliminating about 60 staff positions."

The exact amount appropriated to the Arlington Public Schools will be known April 22 when the Arlington County Board adopts the FY 2018 budget and sets the real estate tax rates. McCaffrey also pointed out the Superintendent's "budget proposal anticipated a per-student cost of $19,521, up 2.9 percent from the current year, likely retaining Arlington’s ranking as the biggest spender, on a per-student basis, in the Washington suburbs."

If you didn't get a chance to speak at last week's budget and tax hearings, it is not too late for Growls readers to comment on the FY 2018 budget. Arlington residents have three choices:

  • Second, you can contact the Arlington County Board with any relevant comments or questions about the County Manager's proposed FY 2018 budget. Just click-on the following link to send the Board a message:
- Write or call the Arlington County Board via e-mail, or
  • Third, call the County Board office at (703) 228-3130.

And tell them ACTA sent you.

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