Board of Education Adopts $2.59 Billion FY 2019 Operating Budget Request
The Montgomery County Board of Education approved a $2.59 billion Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 Operating Budget for MCPS on Feb. 26. The budget represents a $72.9 million increase over the current budget, which will allow the district to continue to make targeted investments to manage enrollment growth and build the foundation and structure that is needed to ensure that all MCPS students are able to excel.
A majority of the $72.96 million spending increase will be used to provide the same level of services to a growing number of students. The recommendation focuses on key bodies of work that define a roadmap of the district’s current and future efforts. It includes $16.12 million to expand and implement strategic accelerators. This includes:
- Introducing new career readiness pathways, including Aviation and Aerospace; Cybersecurity; Fire Safety and Rescue; Law Enforcement and Leadership; and more
- Adding more two-way elementary language immersion programs
- Expanding programs in Computer Science, Coding and Robotics
- Implementing extended year programs at two elementary schools beginning July 2019
- Launching a Recovery Education program
- Expanding the College Tracks and Achieving Collegiate Excellence & Success (ACES) programs
- Expanding Middle and Early College programs
The Board’s budget request will be submitted to the Montgomery County Executive and the County Council. The County Executive is expected to release his FY 2019 operating budget recommendation by March 15. The Montgomery County Council will hold public hearings on the county budget in April before passing a final budget in May. Stay informed and engaged on the Board’s budget request on the MCPS Operating Budget website.