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Board of Education Approves FY2018 MCPS Operations Budget

The Montgomery County Board of Education voted unanimously to adopt a $2.52 billion operating budget request for Fiscal Year 2018 at its meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017. This includes an increase of $64.24 million from FY 2017.

The MCPS press release stated, “The student-centered budget will allow the district to manage significant enrollment growth and build the foundation and structure needed to ensure that all MCPS students are able to achieve at higher levels.”

Last year the Board approved a FY2017 operating budget of $2.50 billion, which contained an additional $45.7 million that was requested by then interim Superintendent Larry Bowers. This year’s operating budget would mark a $109.94 million increase over two years.

“This budget is a reflection of our values and commitment to ensuring all students have the opportunities, resources and support they need to meet their full potential,” said Board President Michael Durso. “Our requested budget allows us to build on our momentum toward closing the achievement gap by expanding what is working, and implementing new, targeted strategies to accelerate its closure.”

A majority of the $64.24 million spending increase will be used to provide the same level of services to a growing number of students; fund ongoing salaries and benefits; and manage increasing operational costs.

One of the major factors contributing to the need for increased funding is the increase in the number of students which MCPS is serving. Enrollment in MCPS this school year is 159,010 students, an increase of more than 2,500 students compared with last year and more than 21,000 students since 2007. By 2022, enrollment is expected to reach 168,480, according to MCPS.