UPPER MARLBORO, MD — Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS) Chief Executive Officer Dr. Kevin M. Maxwell presented his Fiscal Year 2018 (FY18) Proposed Operating Budget on Thursday, a $2.05 billion plan that builds on accomplishments and funds key initiatives.
The proposed budget is an increase of $122.6 million, or 6.4 percent, over the current $1.92 billion budget.
The spending plan invests in key initiatives aligned to the strategic plan – Academic Excellence, High-Performing Workforce, Safe and Supportive Environments, Family and Community Engagement, and Organizational Effectiveness.
During his budget presentation to the Prince George’s County Board of Education, Dr. Maxwell described the strategic plan as the system’s “roadmap to greatness.”
“These five focus areas ground us and guide us towards our overarching goal: outstanding academic achievement for all,” said Dr. Maxwell. “When we invest in our students, we move them towards greatness.”
Major budget recommendations include:
Academic Excellence ($33.3 million)
Add grade level to elementary Spanish language immersion programs for continuity
Launch Pathways in Technology Early College High School (P-TECH) to support dual enrollment options
Add 350 seats to full-day prekindergarten program, serving up to 1,880 students system-wide
Increase reading and math coaches at high-needs schools
High-Performing Workforce ($90.6 million)
Provide $53 million in salary enhancements
Match Maryland’s National Board Certified Teacher stipend
Increase mentor teachers, enhance Peer Assistance and Review teacher program
Create dual enrollment program for future educators
Safe and Supportive Environments ($15.7 million)
Support Student Safety Action Plan
Provide background check funding for low-income families
Pilot restorative justice program with Prince George’s County Educators Association
Add high school athletic trainers
Family and Community Engagement ($303,270)
Expand engagement opportunities and Family Institute offerings
Fund school-based Parent Engagement Assistants
Enhance Ombudsman’s Office
Offer new family communications portal
Provide Summer Youth Employment Program
Organizational Effectiveness ($2.1 million)
Add bus drivers, transportation call center staff
Increase maintenance funding
Provide cultural training for employees
“Prince George’s County Public Schools has elevated its academic programs to new levels,” said Dr. Maxwell. “Student enrollment is increasing and graduation rates are rising, lending truth that we are on our way to greatness. This proposed budget is just one step in that journey.”
From the CEO’s budget, the Board of Education will create a requested budget for the school system and submit it to the County Executive by March 1. Board of Education work sessions and public hearings will begin January 24.
Prince George's County Public Schools (PGCPS), one of the nation's 25 largest school districts, has 208 schools and centers, more than 130,000 students and nearly 19,000 employees. Under the leadership of Chief Executive Officer Dr. Kevin M. Maxwell, the school system serves a diverse student population from urban, suburban and rural communities located in the Washington, DC suburbs. PGCPS is nationally recognized for innovative programs and initiatives that provide students with unique learning opportunities, including arts integration, environmental and financial literacy, and language immersion.
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