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Interim Superintendent Recommends $2.93 Billion Operating Budget
Fiscal Year 2023 Operating Budget Recommendation Seeks 5.3 Percent Increase
Plans for the District to Focus on Addressing Learning Disruption and Student Well-Being, Expands Early Childhood Education, and Provides Critical Supports in Schools
Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) Interim Superintendent Dr. Monifa B. McKnight has recommended a $2.931 billion Operating Budget for Fiscal Year 2023, allowing the district to deepen its focus on addressing disruptions to learning that have resulted from the pandemic and promoting student well-being, while also making strategic investments to support staff development, expand early childhood programs, support newly arriving students, and prepare all students for their futures.
Dr. McKnight’s budget recommendation, released on Thursday (Dec. 16, 2021), represents a total $148.7 million increase—about 5.3 percent—over the current budget (FY 2022). Of the total recommended increase, $131.3 million will be funded through an increase above the minimum level required by the state’s Maintenance of Effort (MOE) law.
“I urge the Board of Education to carefully consider my recommendation and work with our county leaders to pass a budget that will provide our students today, and in the future, with the skills, knowledge and critical wraparound supports they need to be successful,” Dr. McKnight said.
Effect of Lower Student Enrollment
The official Kindergarten through Grade 12 MCPS enrollment used for determining funding from the county and the state as of Sept. 30, 2021, was 154,391 students, which is 2,347 fewer students than were enrolled on the same date one year ago and 5,995 students fewer than the pre-pandemic enrollment of 160,386 as of Sept. 30, 2019. Based on MOE, these changes would result in a decrease of $32,350,978 in local contribution revenue from Montgomery County in FY 2023.
Important Investments Recommended in FY 2023 Operating Budget
The Montgomery County Board of Education will hold public hearings on the budget on Monday, Jan. 10 and Tuesday, Jan. 18. The Board also will hold three budget work sessions on Tuesday, Jan. 11, Wednesday, Jan. 19 and Tuesday, Jan. 25, before tentatively approving an operating budget request in February 2022.
After the Board of Education approves an operating budget for FY 2023, it will be sent to the Montgomery County Executive and County Council for consideration. The County Council will approve its final FY 2023 Operating Budget, typically in May.
It is important to keep in mind that this budget represents a recommendation offered during a particular snapshot in time. Given the uncertainties in final revenue from the county and state government, adjustments will likely be made before the Board of Education tentatively adopts the FY 2023 Operating Budget in February 2022.
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