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School system's budget approved

February 08, 1998

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.

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* The instrumental music program should be put back into the elementary school curriculum.

* The community could be better utilized in helping the school system if it was made aware of particular needs. The committee encouraged the school board to start a program that identifies specific needs, such as technical people to help install computers or specific books for school libraries.

* The use of school-business partnerships should be expanded.

- Kerry Lynn Fraley

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