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Board of Ed Adopts Budget with 2.4 Percent Increase

The Montgomery County Board of Education unanimously adopted a $2.52 billion Operating Budget for Fiscal Year (FY) 2018, it a meeting held yesterday, Tuesday, June 13. The budget represents 2.4 percent increase from the current year’s budget, which is a $59.6 million increase.

On May 25, 2017, the County Council approved the Montgomery County Public Schools Operating Budget appropriation for Fiscal Year 2018. The Council approved a total of $2,517,093,841 for MCPS.

Montgomery County Public Schools said this will allow the district to make targeted investments to manage significant enrollment growth and build the foundation and structure that is needed to ensure that all MCPS students are able to achieve at higher levels.

“This budget is an important step up the ladder toward serving our students and addressing all the different challenges we face in the school system,” stated Board of Education President Michael Durso. “These resources will allow us to keep pace with growth and ensure all students have the opportunity to reach their potential. We thank County Executive Leggett, County Council President Roger Berliner, and the entire County Council for its unwavering commitment to the students of Montgomery County Public Schools.”

According to Superintendent Dr. Jack Smith’s memo to the Board of Ed, “The total tax-supported budget (excluding grants, enterprise, and special revenue funds) approved by the Council for FY 2018 is $2,368,655,562, an increase of $57,077,342 (2.5 percent) from the current FY 2017 tax-supported budget of $2,311,578,220.”

“The Council’s action on the overall FY 2018 Operating Budget for MCPS decreased the Board’s requested budget by $4,624,904,” wrote Smith. “The Council reduced the Board’s request for the local contribution by a total of $8,120,670. The Council action also reflects a reduction of $86,826 in the amount of revenue from the state based on an updated allocation received in April 2017 from the Maryland State Department of Education.”

According to MCPS, a majority of the $59.6 million spending increase will be used to maintain the successful practices that led to strong student achievement, ensure operational excellence and invest in new strategies to ensure all students are able to achieve at high levels.

The budget anticipates an enrollment increase of more than 2