Board of Education Takes Tentative Action and Adopts the Superintendent’s Recommended Fiscal Year 2024 Operating Budget; Holds a Work Session on the FY 2024 Capital Budget and Amendments to the FY 2023–2028 Capital Improvements Program, and Received a Biannual ADA Facilities Update; and Discusses and Takes Action on Legislative Items

March 13, 2023

The Montgomery County Board of Education (Board) held a business meeting on Thursday, February 23, 2023. During the meeting, the Board took tentative action to adopt the Superintendent’s Recommended Fiscal Year (FY) 2024 Operating Budget; held a work session on the FY 2024 Capital Budget and Amendments to the FY 2023–2028 Capital Improvements Program, and received a Biannual ADA Facilities update; and discussed and took action on legislative items.

The agenda for the meeting, with related links, can be viewed on the Board website. Watch the meeting recording.


The Superintendent’s Recommended Fiscal Year 2024 Operating Budget

The Board took tentative action to adopt the Fiscal Year (FY) 2024 Operating Budget. The budget reflects amendments based on BOE feedback to provide focused investments to improve literacy and math across the district. This budget continues to be centered on Montgomery County Public Schools’ (MCPS) core purpose of preparing all students to thrive in their future and graduate with deep academic knowledge and preparation for the complex world and workplace of tomorrow. The request includes a $296 million (10%) increase over the current budget and $272 million above the minimum amount required by the maintenance of effort law. The increase in funding is to provide a high-quality education for our growing student population, continuing our recovery from the impact of lost learning time from the pandemic, the addition of new research-based innovative approaches to teaching and learning in our district, providing competitive salaries for our staff and the rising cost of health care for our employees and retirees, opening of our 211th school in the Clarksburg Cluster, and supporting the increased cost of goods and services in our district.

Read the memorandum to the Board

View the PowerPoint Presentation


FY 2024 Capital Budget and Amendments to the FY 2023–2028 Capital Improvements Program Work Session, and Biannual ADA Facilities Update

MCPS staff presented a walkthrough of the County Executive’s Recommendation for the FY 2023−2028 Amended Capital Improvements Program (CIP), including non-recommended reductions, recommendations for the relocation of Burtonsville Elementary School and a boundary study scope for the reopening of Charles W. Woodward High School. The Board also received an Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) progress update.

View the PowerPoint Presentation


Legislative Items

The Board discussed and voted on recommended positions on proposed state legislation that could impact MCPS.

Read the Board’s positions on the presented bills.




Future Meeting

The Board is scheduled to hold its next business meeting on Tuesday, March 7, 2023. The agenda is subject to change. Please check the Board website and meeting calendar for further information.


About the Board of Education

The Board is the official educational policymaking body in the county. The Board is responsible for the direction and operation of the public school system. The Board consists of seven county residents elected by voters for a four-year term and a student elected by secondary school students for a one-year term. Board members are elected countywide but run at-large or from the Board district in which they reside. Montgomery County Board of Education: Ms. Karla Silvestre, president; Mrs. Shebra L. Evans, vice president. Members: Ms. Lynne Harris, Ms. Grace Rivera-Oven, Mrs. Rebecca Smondrowski, Ms. Brenda Wolff, Ms. Julie Yang, and Mr. Arvin Kim, student member. Dr. Monifa B. McKnight, superintendent of schools and secretary-treasurer. Office of the Board: 240-740-3030.

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