Budget FY20: The Budget Process
Each fall, the school system develops priorities and begins to compile budget requests for the next fiscal year. These requests are submitted to the school system’s budget office and are reviewed by the Superintendent and other system leaders. The Superintendent submits a proposed budget to the Board of Education in December.
The Board holds public hearings and work sessions, then submits a budget request to the Howard County Executive in March. The County Executive may recommend changes to the education request before submitting a proposed budget to the County Council in April. The Board of Education may amend its budget request and the county government may consider the amendments before the budget is approved.
The County Council holds public hearings and makes changes to the County Executive’s budget. The council may reduce any portion of the executive’s budget and may also restore funding to the school system. Additional Board of Education meetings may be held during the latter part of the County Council’s budget review process to respond to last minute budget issues.
The County Council approves the county budget in late May. The Board of Education adopts the detailed school system budget by May 30.
FY 2020 Operating Budget Approval Schedule
Work session agendas are subject to change.
December 18 – 7:00 p.m.
January 15 – 6:30 p.m.
Public Hearing I on Superintendent’s Proposed Budget
January 17 – 1:00-5:30 p.m.
Board of Education Budget Public Work Session I on Superintendent’s Proposed Budget
- Communication, Community & Workforce Engagement
January 22 – 1:00-5:30 p.m.
Board of Education Budget Public Work Session II on Superintendent’s Proposed Budget
- Human Resources & Leadership Development
- School Management & Instructional Leadership
- Academics – Curriculum and Instruction
January 29 – 1:00-5:00 p.m.
Board of Education Budget Public Work Session III on Superintendent’s Proposed Budget
- Academics – Curriculum and Instruction (continued if necessary)
- Academics – Program Innovation and Student Well-being
January 29 – 7:00 p.m.
Public Hearing II on Superintendent’s Proposed Budget
January 31 – 1:00-5:30 p.m.
Board of Education Budget Public Work Session IV on Superintendent’s Proposed Budget
- Academics – Special Education
- Business & Technology
- Other Funds
- Unresolved issues and tentative budget decisions
February 12 – 3:00-4:00 p.m.
- Adoption of FY 2020 Operating & Capital Budget Requests
- Adoption of FY 2021–2025 Capital Improvement Program Request
Board of Education’s Requested Budget submitted to County Executive
County Executive submits budget to County Council
April 25 – 7:00 p.m.
Board of Education Public Hearing on Operating Budget
April 30 – 7:00 p.m
Board of Education Work Session on Operating Budget
County Council Public Hearing on operating Budget
County Council Work Session on budget amendments and pending issues
County Council approves budget
May 30 – 9:00 a.m.
Adoption of FY 2020 Operating Budget by Board