The fiscal 2014 operating budget totals $725,280,030 an increase of $21,612,630 or 3.1% over the fiscal 2013 budget. This budget:
- Protects the classroom by maintaining current class sizes, adding teaching positions to address enrollment growth and funding materials of instruction.
- Provides staff and funds to suport Ducketts Lane Elementary School and Middle School #20.
- Strategically redirects funds to programs that will ensure we maintain our momentum toward
a world class system.
Major Sources of Change in the Fiscal 2014 Budget
Reductions to Support Mandatory Increases
Reductions total $12.2 million to include transportation, printing fund contributions, repair of buildings, supplies, and the elimination of twelve positions. The largest savings are due to salary turnover which occurs when retirees are replaced by less senior staff or positions are left vacant.
Funds an increase to the Health and Dental Fund, homeless student transportation, and special education nonpublic placements. Increases retirement due to a shift of teachers' retirement over a four year phase-in period.
Costs for New Elementary/Middle Schools
Adds $2.2 million to staff Ducketts Lane Elementary with 23.4 positions and provide materials of
instruction, adds 2.0 positions in January, 2014 for new Middle School #20, and library media collections for Atholton High and new Middle School #20.
Enrollment Related Costs
Adds $4.4 million for 67.9 new positions due to enrollment growth.
Adds $3.2 million for 31.4 new positions including 0.1 Policy Specialist, 1.0 World Language Teacher to expand the middle school pilot, 2.0 Special Education Paraeducators, 2.3 Speech Pathologists, 1.0 Legislative Liaison, 4.0 Community Liaisons, 12.0 Math and Literacy Coaches, 1.0 Elementary Math Resource Teacher, 7.0 Nurses, and 1.0 Safety Specialist.
- The County allocation of $497,485,719 represents $8.0 million above Maintenance of Effort (based on 471.75* new students) and an increase of $2,627,411 for the teacher pension shift for a total increase of $15,100,901 or 3.1%.
- Estimated State funds are $216,329,691 to include $5,219,396 in Geographic Cost of Education funds.
- Other sources of funding include $379,000 in Federal funds, and various fees, tuition and interest which amount to $11,085,620. Together these other sources comprise 1.6% of the budget.
- The Howard County Public School System receives 68.6% of its operating budget from the Howard County Government and 29.8% from the State of Maryland.
*Maintenance of Effort increase based on state criteria for actual enrollment between fiscal 2011 and 2012.
- Total enrollment for fiscal 2014 is projected to be 52,595, a projected increase of 599 students over fiscal 2013's projected enrollment. The projected fiscal 2014 enrollment includes 1,160 Prekindergarten students.
- In fiscal 2013, enrollment was projected and budgeted at 51,996 students, while actual enrollment last year was 52,041 students or 45 more than anticipated.
- Special Education enrollment declined from fiscal 2009 to fiscal 2011 while special education students with moderate to severe disabilities increased. The State child count for fiscal 2012 and 2013 increased. The State child count for fiscal 2014 is 4,591, a decrease of 47 over fiscal 2013.
- Over 2,100 students participate in our English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) program, representing 58 different languages, (primarily Spanish and Korean) and 75 different countries.
- Free and reduced-price meals services participation increased by over 750 students from fiscal 2012 to fiscal 2013. The state enrollment count for fiscal 2014 increased by 373 students.