The Provo School District has set priorities for proposals that will go before the next session of the Legislature.
At the top of the list is "full funding for growth." Utah is expected to have 6,600 more students in the 1991-92 school year, at a cost of $17 million.The district wants teachers' salaries made competitive with the Western states average. Increased funding is requested to counter the rise in the cost of living and the escalating costs of health insurance.
Provo School District wants funding to ease the continuing shortage of textbooks and supplies and the continuation of the career ladder program, where teachers are paid additional money for additional work.
The Provo School District supports a new finance law that would move to equalize the amount of money among Utah's 40 school districts. However, Provo wants provisions in the law that would avoid harming specific school districts.
Funding for special and developmental programs is emphasized. In particular, the Provo School District wants full and equitable funding for special education and vocational education.
The transportation needs of the schools include allowances for spare buses and increased funding for special education routes.
Provo asks for funding to replace revenue lost when school-fee waivers are granted to eligible students. In the 1990-91 school year, more than $27,000 worth of waivers was approved by Provo's secondary schools.
The district opposes legislation that would take away the decisionmaking power of local school boards but supports aggressive management of state lands to better meet school needs.
The final items on the district's wish list are improved facilities and learning opportunities for Utah County students. The district recommends the use of Utah Valley Community College as an applied technology center.
The priority list was presented to legislators by the Provo School Board at a breakfast meeting last week.