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
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.
Superintendent’s Proposed FY 2021 Budget Detail (Excel Spreadsheet) Updated: 1/13/2020
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.
January 16, 2020 7:00 p.m.
Public Work Session and Public Hearing
January 28, 2020 1:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m., respectivelyWork Session Agenda
- HR & Leadership Development
Adoption of FY21 Operating and Capital Budget Requests & FY22-26 Capital Improvement Program
February 13, 2020 3:00 p.m.
BOE Requested Budget Documents
Board of Education’s Requested FY 2021 Budget Detail (Excel Spreadsheet) Updated: March 11, 2020
BOE Requested Budget Press Release
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.
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.
April 30, 2020 7:00 p.m.
May 7, 2020 7:00 p.m.
June 11, 2020 3:00 p.m.