June 13, 2017
The Montgomery County Board of Education unanimously approved a final $2.52 billion Operating Budget for Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 on June 13. The budget provides nearly $60 million in additional funding that will allow the district to manage significant enrollment growth, account for the rising cost of operations and implement new strategies that will ensure all students are able to achieve at higher levels.
The budget includes specific investments, such as:
- Increasing opportunities for students to participate in rigorous coursework, programs and co-curricular activities, including in the areas of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics)
- Expanding achievement-focused extracurricular programs to all middle schools to increase outcomes and opportunities for students
- Providing funding for any Grade 11 student who wants to take the SAT, ACT or other career certification assessment
- Implementing a comprehensive data system for educators to better measure student performance and fully understand the circumstances of all their student learners
The investments also will help enhance the abilities of our educators to support students. The budget includes funding to provide training for teachers to hone their craft and professional learning for all staff on cultural competence, implicit bias, and restorative practices.
The Montgomery County Council voted to fully fund the Board’s Operating Budget request on May 25. The Board submitted the budget request to the County Executive and the Council for review in February.
Visit the Operating Budget website to learn more about the budget.