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FY 21 Operating Budget Process

The operating budget process is a collaborative, multi-step process involving HCPSS, the Board of Education, and Howard County Government. Each step, as well as the time frame in which they occur, is outlined below.

Operating Budget Standing

The budget process is currently in Step 5 – Board Adopts Operating Budget

See full Board of Education/County Executive/County Council budget schedule.

Step 1 – Superintendent Submits Proposed Budget

The Superintendent presents a proposed budget to the Board of Education.

The proposed budget is based on requests from performance managers, who identify their budgetary needs for the coming fiscal year. The requests are reviewed by the HCPSS budget office, HCPSS leadership and the Superintendent, and inform the proposed budget submitted to the Board.

Step 2 – Board of Education Reviews Proposed Budget and Adopts Requested Budget

The Board of Education holds work sessions and public hearings to gather feedback on and revise the operating budget.

The Board of Education adopted a requested budget on February 13, 2020 which was submitted to the Howard County Executive in March.

HCPSS Budget Savings Cover Continuity of Learning Costs While Reducing Health Fund Deficit

The Board of Education on April 16, 2020, approved a year-end categorical budget transfer of $3.25 million. $1.8 million of these funds will be combined with a budget savings of $4.5 million, allowing the school system to manage the unplanned technology costs for continuity of learning during the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition, HCPSS will be able to fulfill its commitment to apply annual budget savings to reduce the accumulated Health Fund deficit.

Step 3 – County Executive Submits Proposed Budget, April 2020

The County Executive reviews the Board’s request and submits a proposed Howard County budget to the Howard County Council.

Step 4 – County Council Adopts Budget, May 2020

The County Council holds public hearings, implements revisions, and adopts a budget for the county that includes funding the school system.

Howard County Budget →

County Council Budget Calendar →

Step 5 – Board Adopts Operating Budget

The Board adopts a detailed school system budget, which serves as the final Approved Operating Budget.

June 11, 2020 3:00 p.m.

Budget Adoption

June 11, 2020 3:00 p.m.