The Montgomery County Board of Education will hold a public hearing Thursday on Superintendent Joshua P. Starr’s $2.2 billion operating budget request for the 2013-2014 school year.
The hearing, the first of two before the board, will be held at 7 p.m. at the Carver Educational Services Center, at 850 Hungerford Drive in Rockville.
A second hearing will be held at 7 p.m. Jan. 17 at the Carver Center.
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The proposed spending plan for fiscal 2014, which begins July 1, is a $48.95 million increase (2.3 percent) over the current budget.
Starr’s plan aims to address persistent gaps between test scores of African-American and Hispanic students and those of their white and Asian classmates. The proposal also invests in a curriculum aimed at meeting new state and national standards.
The school system of 202 schools faces the challenge of a student enrollment that is projected to increase by more than 2,300 to more than 150,000 students next school year. Meanwhile, Montgomery County could once again see a budget debate over a state law that requires counties’ per-pupil spending remain the same or increase from year to year.
The budget schedule is as follows:
- Thursday and Jan. 17: The county school board holds public hearings at 7 p.m.
- Jan. 22 and Jan. 24: The board holds work sessions at 6 p.m.
- Feb. 12: The board adopts a budget request for consideration by Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett (D).
- March 15: Leggett outline his fiscal 2014 county operating budget recommendations.
- April—May: The Montgomery County Council holds operating budget hearings and work sessions.
- May 16: The County Council finalizes the fiscal 2014 operating budget.