The Baltimore County Public Schools total proposed budget for fiscal year 2019 is $1.9 billion; of that, $1.66 billion is the FY19 proposed operating budget.

About the budget development process

On January 9, 2018, Interim Superintendent Verletta White presented to the Board of Education a proposed FY19 budget. In creating this budget proposal (to be reviewed and adjusted by the school board, county executive, and county council), the superintendent noted that what matters most is providing “people for our people.” In other words, supporting our educators will ensure that every student is prepared for the increasing rigors of college and career.

The superintendent’s proposal was shaped by listening to and learning from students, parents, community members, and staff about what matters and how to best target scarce resources. As a result, the four budget focus areas are special education and English learners; growth and infrastructure; literacy across the subject areas; and school climate.

Student enrollment in BCPS has increased for the past nine years, with projections exceeding 119,000 as early as FY 2024. Our fastest growing student groups are students with severe disabilities and English learners. To support our learners, the FY19 budget proposal continued to increase staffing to support students with disabilities and those learning English.

The bulk of the growth and infrastructure portion of the budget is dedicated to increased compensation for BCPS staff and accommodating new students with staffing and resources for transportation, maintenance, and facilities.

Today’s students need help learning how to read, write, and think like professionals for success in the modern world. The proposed budget strengthens literacy supports across the curriculum from Prekindergarten, to Passport second language instruction, magnet programs, gifted and talented programs, college readiness, and expanding S.T.A.T. personalized learning to high schools.

By investing in more staffing and resources to support social-emotional learning, including more school counselors, social workers, and psychologists, BCPS is cultivating warm, positive school climates.

These investments into high quality, responsive instruction for more than 113,000 diverse learners will continue to promote a strong, productive Baltimore County.  

On February 6, 2018, the Board of Education voted to adopt an amended version of the FY19 operating budget.


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