County Education Budget Proposal Fully Funds Board Request
The $530.4 million in county funding requested by the Howard County Board of Education in its FY 2015 operating budget proposal has been fully funded in the operating budget request released yesterday by Howard County Executive Ken Ulman.
The request represents an increase of 6.6 percent over the prior year in funding received from the county, the largest amount ever allocated to the Howard County Public School System.
The most significant line item is a placeholder of $21.4 million for employee salary increases, an amount that allows for a salary increase of up to 5 percent for all employee groups. The exact amount of the increase will be determined through the negotiation process, which is ongoing. Board members and the Superintendent have pledged their commitment to investing in employees, considered the system's greatest asset.
Howard County Council will work on finalizing the FY 2015 budget for all county entities over the next several weeks.
- Press Release - April 22, 2014
- Proposed Operating Budget, Process and Timeline
- BOE Information and Participation is available via BoardDocs
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Last Day of School Announced
The HCPSS is adjusting the school year calendar by two additional days. The last day of school for students and staff will now be Friday, June 20. High school exams will take place Tuesday, June 17 through Friday, June 20. Additionally, all schools will close three hours early Wednesday, June 18 through Friday, June 20, with no Pre-K/RECC. Summer school will now begin on Wednesday, June 25 and will end as scheduled.
HCPSS Announces 2014 Commencement Dates
The Howard County Public School System announces the commencement ceremony schedule for the 2013/14 school year. The HCPSS is pleased that it was able to confirm the dates earlier than in past years to better accommodate parents, students, schools and community members.
All commencements will take place at Merriweather Post Pavilion, with the exception of Cedar Lane School. Graduation ceremonies for the Class of 2014 will be streamed live online and available on demand within minutes of each ceremony's end. Ceremonies also can be seen on the HCPSS cable TV stations, Comcast Channel 95 and Verizon Channel 42, within 24 hours of each event. DVDs of the commencement ceremonies also will be available for purchase. Full details on the broadcast schedule and viewing information will be available in the coming weeks.
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