School system's budget approved
The Washington County Board of Education's Budget Advisory Committee gave its stamp of approval to the school superintendent's budget proposal for the 1998-1999 school year, committee chairman W. Gordon Crabb said Tuesday night.
Schools Superintendent Herman G. Bartlett Jr.'s $108 million budget plan appears to be "fair, reasonable and supportable," Crabb said.
The committee liked the way the budget prioritized needs, he said.
"We are satisfied and pleased that they truly are geared to address the long-term needs of the students," Crabb said.
Among other points the committee wanted to relay:
The budget contains "reasonable salary increases for the system," but it's important that salaries continue to be reviewed for competitiveness.
The addition of 13 reading specialists should increase the reading level and achievement level of students.
Schools should be given more discretionary funds to allow them to react to needs unique to their particular situations.