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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

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 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
  • Executive
  • Business & Technology
  • Other Funds
  • Capital
  • 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

Early March

Board of Education’s Requested Budget submitted to County Executive

By Mid-April

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

TBD

County Council Public Hearing on operating Budget

TBD

County Council Work Session on budget amendments and pending issues

TBD

County Council approves budget

May 30 – 9:00 a.m.

Adoption of FY 2020 Operating Budget by Board