School Board Adopts $ 2.6 Billion MCPS Budget
Plan includes $ 77 million spending increase to keep up with enrollment, add programs
The Montgomery County school board on Tuesday adopted a $2.6 billion budget, a plan that increases spending by roughly 3 percent when compared to the prior fiscal year.
The operating budget for the fiscal year beginning July 1 adds 202 teacher and staff positions to help Montgomery County Public Schools keep up with growing student enrollment.
“As the district works toward improved educational outcomes for all students, this budget positions MCPS for success in fulfilling its core purpose of preparing all students to thrive,” school board president Michael Durso said in a prepared statement following the unanimous vote.
The $77.2 million spending increase provides money for the opening of Bayard Rustin Elementary School in Rockville in September and for several program expansions. Among other things, the school system will introduce new opportunities for students to explore careers in cybersecurity, law enforcement, fire safety and rescue and aviation and aerospace. Funding will also go toward:
- Adding more two-way elementary language immersion programs;
- Enhancing computer science, coding and robotics programs;
- Adding capacity to prekindergarten programs;
- Piloting extended-year programs at Arcola and Roscoe Nix elementary schools in Silver Spring;
- Beginning an academic program for students who are recovering from substance abuse;
- Expanding the College Tracks and Achieving Collegiate Excellence and Success programs; and
- Hiring four more psychologists and more counselors for Title I schools with more than 650 students.
The MCPS budget is supported by $1.7 billion in county funding, about $708 million in state aid and about $76 million from the federal government. Other money comes from special revenues and carryover funds.
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