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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.

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 Budget

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

Public Work Session

January 30, 2020 1:00 p.m.

Work Session Agenda
  • Academics

Public Work Session

February 5, 2020 1:00 p.m.

Work Session Agenda
  • Academics, cont.
  • School Managment & Instructional Leadership

Public Work Session

February 6, 2020 1:00 p.m.

Work Session Agenda
  • Unresolved issues

Adoption of FY21 Operating and Capital Budget Requests & FY22-26 Capital Improvement Program

February 13, 2020 3:00 p.m.

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 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.

May 28, 2020 3:00 p.m.