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Operating Budget Capital Budget

Operating Budget

The school system's operating budget pays for daily classroom instruction, maintenance, and other educational services. Our school system is dependent on federal, state and local revenues, with 69.9% representing county resources, 28.5% from the state, and 1.6% from other sources.

Overview of Process

The process of preparing the operating budget begins each fall when school system managers compile budget requests for the next fiscal year. These preliminary requests are reviewed and adjusted by supervisors. Requests are submitted to the school system's Budget Office and are reviewed by the Superintendent of Schools and senior management.

After revisions, the Superintendent submits a proposed budget to the Board of Education. After holding a public hearing and several work sessions, the Board of Education approves its proposed budget, which is then submitted to the County Executive. The Executive may recommend reductions to the education request before submitting a proposed budget to the County Council.

The County Council holds hearings and may make changes to the Executive's budget. The Council may reduce any portion of the Executive's budget and may restore funding to the school system budget up to the level originally requested by the Board of Education. The Council approves the school system budget by major category.

Fiscal Year 2015

Fiscal Year 2015's operating budget proposal was the first operating budget to be generated through zero-based budgeting. Learn more about this process here.

The Superintendent's Proposed Operating Budget Presentation

January 7th, 2014

Additional information

FY 2015 Operating Budget Approval Schedule

  1. January 7 - 7:30 p.m.

    Superintendent's Proposed Operating Budget is presented to the Board of Education and the public.

  2. January 30 - 7:00 p.m.*

    Board of Education holds a public hearing on the Superintendent's Proposed Operating Budget. Members of the public may provide up to three minutes of oral testimony.

    *Opportunity for public testimony

  3. Work Session I - February 6 - 1:00-5:00 p.m.

    Board of Education holds a public work session on the Superintendent's Proposed Operating Budget.

  4. Work Session II - February 11 - 4:00 p.m. and continued at 7:00 p.m.

    Board of Education holds a public work session on the Superintendent's Proposed Operating Budget. Rescheduled from earlier date due to inclement weather.

  5. Work Session III - February 12 - 7:00 p.m.

    Board of Education holds a public work session on the Superintendent's Proposed Operating Budget. Rescheduled from earlier date due to inclement weather.

  6. Work Session IV - February 18 - 1:00 - 5:00 p.m.

    Board of Education holds a public work session on the Superintendent's Proposed Operating Budget.

  7. February 25 - 7:30 p.m.

    Board of Education adopts its Operating Budget Request for submission to the County Executive.

  8. Mid-March

    Board of Education Operating Budget Request is submitted to the County Executive.

  9. Mid-April

    The County Executive's Proposed Operating Budget, which includes the Board of Education Operating Budget Request, is submitted to the County Council of Howard County.

  10. April/May

    County Council holds a hearing and work sessions on the Proposed Operating and Capital Budgets.

    *Opportunity for public testimony

  11. May 8*

    Board of Education holds a public hearing on the Operating Budget (subject to change).

    *Opportunity for public testimony

  12. May 15 - 7:30

    Board of Education holds a work session on the Operating Budget (if necessary).

  13. Late May

    The County Council approves the County Operating and Capital Budgets (which include the Board of Education's Operating and Capital Budgets).

  14. May 22 - 7:30 p.m.

    The Board of Education adopts its Operating Budget as funded by the County Council (subject to change).

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