FY19 Operating Budget
Board of Education Adopts FY2019 Operating and Capital Budget, and FY 2020-2024 Capital Improvement Program Requests. Read full press release →
Budget Numbers at a Glance
- A Maintenance of Effort (MOE) level budget that includes $11.4 million in one-time costs needed for FY2019 as well as a $50.5 million request from the county to address the Health Fund deficit accrued during FY2017 and FY2018.
- Total: $906.8 million, an increase of $87.7 million or 10.7 percent.
Several reductions were made to the Superintendent’s Proposed budget to provide additional funding for employee health benefits, stabilizing the structural imbalance in the employee health care fund by meeting the 85 percent required funding level from the school system. The deficit balance has accumulated over several years and is projected to reach a balance of $50.5 million by year end FY 2018.
This full funding of health care costs will eliminate the structural imbalance while ensuring that the school system’s debt will not increase beyond the amount accrued in FY2017 and FY2018. Reductions made by the Board include:
$5.4 million to increase class size for grades 1–12 by 1
$2.8 million in additional position reductions
$2 million in funding for utilities
$1.1 million in operations costs
$1 million for various reductions in academics
$2.6 million for the elementary and sixth grade world language program
$700 thousand in funding for the technology plan
$250 thousand for a proposed middle school athletic pilot program
$200 thousand in Human Resources funding
$198 thousand in Athletics funding
funding for a Board attorney and Budget Analyst/Internal Auditor.
The Superintendent’s recommended budget had incorporated significant reductions in central office staff, particularly the elimination or repurposing of 29 central office positions in order to better support schools.
The Board also noted that should additional funding become available through budget savings or increases in county and state revenues, this funding will be used to restore class sizes.
Interim Superintendent’s Proposed FY 2019 Operating Budget
The Interim Superintendent’s 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, which then is sent to the Howard County Executive and the Howard County Council.