Interim Superintendent’s Proposed FY 2019 Operating Budget Summary
Taking Care of our Children and Staff
The proposed FY 2019 operating budget is guided by the Strategic Call to Action: Learning and Leading with Equity, and sets forth a roadmap for educating, nurturing and providing the best start in life for the 57,000 children in our school system, while caring for the staff members who are entrusted with our students’ care. The Board of Education will review the proposed budget and finalize its request to the county on February 22.
Budget Numbers at a Glance
- $850.7 million, an increase of $31.6 million or 3.9 percent
- $10.2 million increase in request for County funds for Maintenance of Effort (MOE), plus additional $11.4 million for one-time costs
Health Fund Deficit
HCPSS is collaborating with employee bargaining groups to address a structural imbalance in the employee health care fund. The deficit balance has accumulated over several years and is projected to reach a balance of $50.5 million by year end FY 2018. The FY 2019 budget includes an increase of $8.9 million in funding for employee health care costs, which represents the first phase of a four-year plan to address the deficit.
A Responsive, Efficient Organization
The budget proposal is a carefully crafted, incremental and sustainable plan that expands innovative educational opportunities for all students while steadily progressing toward long-term fiscal sustainability. It provides investments for well-maintained facilities and infrastructure and transparent, responsive and efficient operations.
- $9.3 million for operations and technology to enhance indoor environmental quality and information systems security, fulfill increasing transportation costs, and implement other essential projects.
- $4.1 million savings realized through reorganization and recalibration of Central Office divisions to be more responsive, effective and efficient.
The proposed FY 2019 budget:
- Initiates a sustainable plan for addressing a structural imbalance and deficit in the employee health care fund
- Expands innovative learning opportunities for all students
- Enhances student supports through additional nurses and social workers
- Strengthens special education through additional positions
- Ensures transparency, collaboration and fiscal responsibility in budget planning
Essential Student Supports
The budget includes resources and services that are essential to achievement and well-being but out of reach for many students and families, through investments to improve nutritious food offerings, restore lunch and recess monitors, and enhance social services and mental and physical health care.
The budget strengthens specialized services for students with developmental or intellectual disabilities.
- $3.1 million for 68.1 new special education positions
- New Special Education Strategic Plan Scorecard
- New special education parent liaison position
Early Childhood Education
The budget includes investments to provide equity in supporting students who face poverty, language barriers and other challenges to school readiness.
- $17.1 million for 13.5 additional Pre-K Teachers and 7.0 Pre-K Paraeducators to support nearly 1,500 students expected in FY 2019
Expanded Learning Opportunities
The budget proposal provides for innovative new learning options for all students, while expanding equity in access to enriching educational opportunities.
Middle school athletic programs will enable students to strengthen skills learned in physical education classes.
- One sport to be added at all middle schools during winter FY 2019
New Career Academies
New HVAC and Agricultural Science Career Academies will prepare students for lucrative employment opportunities, including students who choose not to attend college.
- 2 new staff positions and instructional supplies
JumpStart, offered in partnership with Howard Community College, provides flexible options for students to gain college credits, explore and prepare for careers, and earn industry certifications or up to an associate degree while in high school.
- $1.2 million for 2 new staff positions, instructional supplies, and transportation for up to 1,000 additional students expected to participate in JumpStart during FY 2019
Caring for the Staff Who Care for Our Children
The success of our school system reflects the talent and commitment of a top-notch team of educators and staff.
- Maintain student-teacher ratios
- $8.9 million increase for employee beneﬁts
- $8.1 million placeholder for salary increases, pending negotiations
- 137.6 additional teachers and instructional support staff to accommodate the expected enrollment growth of 1,150 students