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Superintendent Recommends $2.59 Billion MCPS Operating Budget; Plans to Increase Staffing by 166 Emp

For his second budget cycle as the head of Montgomery County Public Schools, Dr. Jack R. Smith had submitted a proposed operating budget totally $2.59 billion for Fiscal Year 2019. The proposed budget is $67.3 million higher than last year’s propose budget, which is a 2.7 percent increase.

According to the release, the $2.59 billion operating budget will allow the district to continue to absorb and manage the 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.

Last year’s proposed MCPS operating budget carried a 2.5 percent or $62.4 million over the FY2017 operating budget.

A video of Dr. Smith's presentation of the Fiscal Year 2019 Operating Budget can be viewed here.

“My budget recommendation focuses on the foundational elements of our district—students, classrooms and schools,” stated Smith. “This budget addresses increasing enrollment, rising costs and critical investments to both maintain the level of academic excellence our schools are known for and to close the gaps in access, opportunity and achievement for students who have yet to meet their potential.”

In his memo to the Board of Education about the FY2019 Operating Budget Smith wrote, “My recommendation includes an increase of $67.3 million and 166.224 Full-time Equivalent positions compared to the current FY 2018 budget to fund services for a growing number of students, the costs of operating the school system, and our strategic key bodies of work. Part of this increase is offset by savings of$10,761,420 generated by efficiencies and reductions. In addition, this budget assumes that the Montgomery County Council will continue to fund $27,200,000 from the county's Consolidated Other Post-employment Benefits Trust Fund to cover a portion of our retiree health benefits costs.”

For the 2017-2018 school year, MCPS became the 14th largest school system in the United States with 161,546 students enrolled, a one-year increase of 2,536 students. The projected enrollment for the 2018–2019 school year is 163,774, or 2,742 students. FY 2019