Make Your Voice Heard!
The Montgomery County Board of Education approved a $2.5 billion Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 Operating Budget for MCPS on Feb. 9. The budget represents a $180.2 million increase over the current budget, which will allow the district to make targeted investments to close the achievement gap; improve students’ literacy and math skills; reduce class sizes; foster stronger partnerships with the community and families to support students; and accelerate efforts to improve and diversify the workforce.
The Board’s budget request will be submitted to the Montgomery County Executive and the County Council on March 1. The County Executive is expected to release his FY 2017 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.
Be sure to share your ideas and views on the importance of funding the MCPS operating budget with the County Executive and the Montgomery County Council—through emails, letters, short videos and testimonials.
Four more Education Budget Meetings, presented by Montgomery County Councilmember Craig Rice, MCPS Interim Superintendent Larry Bowers, and Montgomery College President DeRionne Pollard, are scheduled for February and March. Find out how budget decisions are made, what the county is doing today to get ready for FY 2017 and beyond, and the opportunities residents have to influence budget decisions. The meetings will take place from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the following locations:
- February 24, Albert Einstein High School, 11135 Newport Mill Road, Kensington
- March 9, Gaithersburg High School, 101 Education Blvd., Gaithersburg
- March 16, Col. Zadok Magruder High School, 5939 Muncaster Mill Road, Rockville
- March 23, Thomas S. Wootton High School, 2100 Wootton Pkwy., Rockville
In addition, the MCPS community is encouraged to attend and sign up to testify at the Montgomery County Council public hearings on the budget. They will be held:
- Tuesday, April 5 at 7 p.m.
- Wednesday, April 6 at 1:30 p.m. and 7 p.m.
- Thursday, April 7 at 1:30 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Call 240-777-7803 to sign up to speak.
Stay informed and engaged on the Board’s budget request on the MCPS Operating Budget website.