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Superintendent Smith Recommends $2.8 Billion Operating Budget
Superintendent Jack Smith is recommending a $2.8 billion operating budget for Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 that will allow the district to manage significant growth and ensure that students have the access and opportunity they need to meet their full potential. The recommended operating budget for FY 2021 is a $121 million (4.5 percent) increase over FY 2020.
Read the Superintendent’s Recommended FY 21 Operating Budget.
Watch the Superintendent’s Operating Budget Presentation.
MCPS is the 14th largest school system in the United States with 165,267 students enrolled, a one-year increase of 2,587 students. The projected enrollment for the 2020-2021 school year is 167,041.
Most of the recommended spending increase will be used to provide services to a growing number of students; fund ongoing salaries and benefits; and manage increasing operational costs.
The recommendation also includes $23.7 million to expand and implement strategic key bodies of work. This includes:
Read the highlights of the Recommended Operating Budget.
Dr. Smith’s recommendation reflects the Board of Education’s budget interests and significant input from an array of stakeholders. This included staff, parents, students and community members who were a part of several budget teams and provided input on specific areas of need.
The recommended budget also was built in partnership with representatives from the MCPS employees’ associations, the Budget Steering Committee, and several district and community groups.
The process and timeline for the FY 2021 operating budget is:
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