Board of Education Adopts Legislative Platform for 2017; Discusses Fiscal Year 2018 Budget Development

October 25, 2016

The Montgomery County Board of Education met on Monday, October 24, 2016, at the Carver Educational Services Center, 850 Hungerford Drive in Rockville. During the meeting, the Board approved a Legislative Platform for the 2017 Maryland legislative session; and received an update on the process for developing the Fiscal Year 2018 Operating Budget. The agenda for the meeting, with links to related materials, can be viewed on the Board of Education website.

2017 Legislative Platform

The Board of Education approved a Legislative Platform (Platform) for the 2017 Maryland legislative session. The Platform represents the Board’s stance on overall legislative issues and specific legislative initiatives related to funding and accountability, local board authority, and student programs. The Board will continue to discuss legislative issues leading up to and during the 2017 session, which begins in January 2017.

Read the Board’s draft legislative platform

Fiscal Year 2018 Operating Budget

The Board of Education received an update from MCPS staff and held a discussion on the timeline and process for developing the Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 Operating Budget. Superintendent Jack R. Smith and a team of MCPS staff have been meeting with stakeholders, including staff, parents, students, and community members to gather input on the budget and specific areas of need. The recommended budget is built in partnership with representatives from the three MCPS employee associations—the Montgomery County Education Association (MCEA), the Montgomery County Association of Administrators and Principals (MCAAP), and the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 500—as well as the Montgomery County Council of Parent-Teacher Associations (MCCPTA). Dr. Smith will present his FY 2018 Operating Budget recommendation to the Board on December 13, 2016. The Board will then hold two work sessions on the budget before submitting a final FY 2018 Operating Budget request to the Montgomery County Executive and the Montgomery County Council in February 2017.

The Board approved the following resolution:

Future Meetings

The Board of Education will hold public hearings on the Capital Improvements Program at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 10, and on Monday, November 14, 2016. The Board will hold its next regular business meeting on Tuesday, November 15, 2016. Please check the Board of Education web site and meeting calendar for further information.

About the Board of Education
The Montgomery County Board of Education 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: Mr. Michael Durso, president; Dr. Judith Docca, vice president. Members: Mr. Christopher Barclay, Mr. Philip Kauffman, Mrs. Patricia O’Neill, Ms. Jill Ortman-Fouse, Mrs. Rebecca Smondrowski, and Mr. Eric Guerci, student member. Dr. Jack R. Smith, superintendent of schools and secretary-treasurer. Office of the Board: 301-279-3617.

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