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Budget FY20: The Budget Process

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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

Budget work sessions and public hearings are held at the Department of Education, 10910 Clarksville Pike, Ellicott City. They can be seen on Comcast channel 95, Verizon channel 42, or live on our website.

Work session agendas are subject to change.

December 18 – 7:00 p.m.

Presentation of Superintendent’s Proposed FY 2020 Budget

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

  • Revenue
  • Operations
  • 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
  • Academics – Curriculum and Instruction

January 31 – 1:00-5:00 p.m.

Rescheduled from January 29 due to inclement weather.

Board of Education Budget Public Work Session III on Superintendent’s Proposed Budget

  • Academics – Program Innovation and Student Well-being
  • Academics – Special Education

January 31 – 7:00 p.m.

Rescheduled from January 29 due to inclement weather.

Public Hearing II on Superintendent’s Proposed Budget

February 5 – 2:00 p.m.

Rescheduled due to inclement weather.

Board of Education Budget Public Work Session IV on Superintendent’s Proposed Budget

  • Executive
  • Business & Technology
  • Other Funds
  • FY20 Capital Budget and FY21-25 Capital Improvement Program
  • Unresolved Issues and Tentative Budget Decisions

February 7 – 1:00 p.m.

Board of Education Budget Public Work Session V on Superintendent’s Proposed Budget

  • Unresolved Issues and Tentative Budget Decisions

February 13 – 5:00 p.m.

Board of Education Budget Public Work Session VI on Superintendent’s Proposed Budget

  • Unresolved Issues and Tentative Budget Decisions

February 19 – 4:00 p.m.

Rescheduled from February 12.

Adoption of Requested FY20 Operating and Capital Budgets and FY21-25 Capital Improvement Program

March 5

County Executive Budget Hearing: FY2020

March 8

Board of Education’s Requested Budget submitted to County Executive

April 22 – 7:00 p.m.

County Executive budget presentation to County Council

April 24 – 7:00 p.m.

County Council Public Hearing on Board of Education’s Requested Budget

April 25 – 7:00 p.m.

Board of Education Public Hearing on Requested Budget

April 29- 9:30 a.m.

County Council Budget Work Session I on Board of Education’s Requested Budget

April 30 – 7:00 p.m

Board of Education Public Work Session

May 8 – 4:00 p.m

Board of Education Public Work Session

May 15 – 9:30 a.m.

County Council Budget Work Session

May 23 – 5:30 p.m

Board of Education Public Work Session

May 24 – Noon

County Council Work Session, Amendments and Pending Issues on Budget Requests

May 29 – 10:00 a.m

County Council Adopts Operating Budget

June 3 – 4:00 p.m

Board of Education Public Work Session

June 6 – 4:00 p.m.

Board of Education Adoption of FY 2020 Operating and Capital Budgets and FY21-25 Capital Improvement Program