Counties Considering Proposed School Budgets

As counties review and determine their budgets for fiscal year 2014, they will be considering budget proposals from their boards of education.  For example, on Wednesday May 8 at 7 pm., the Anne Arundel County Council will hold a budget hearing on the Proposed Board of Education Budget for FY 2014.  The hearing will be held at the Chesapeake Performing Arts Center, and sign ups will begin at 6 pm.

Some counties and school boards have already begun a back-and-forth based on preliminary budgets.  In Carroll County, as reported in the Eldersburg Patch, School Superintendent Stephen Guthrie said $4.7 million had to be cut from the from the $166.6 million budget the board of education submitted to the county commissioners, based on the fiscal year 2014 county budget discussed by the commissioners Tuesday. The reduction in education funding would be a decrease of less than one percent from the amount provided by the county last year.

Other counties have proposed funding increases for education.  As reported previously on Conduit Street, Howard, Montgomery, and Wicomico counties preliminary budgets show funding increases for education this year.  As reported in the Baltimore Sun, Prince George’s county plans to fund education over the mandated maintenance-of-effort, surpassing the “maintenance of effort” requirement by $11 million.

County funding for education is under consideration in counties statewide as they develop their preliminary and final county budgets.  The following is a list gathered by MACo of 2014 budgets proposals from County Boards of Education and the Baltimore City Public Schools:

Allegany County

Anne Arundel County

Baltimore City

Baltimore County

Calvert County

Carroll County

Cecil County

Charles County

Dorchester County

Frederick County

Harford County

Howard County

Montgomery County

Prince George’s County

Queen Anne’s County

St. Mary’s County

Somerset County

Talbot County

Washington County

Wicomico County

Worcester County