UPPER MARLBORO, MD – The Prince George’s County Board of Education approved Thursday the $2.05 billion operating budget request for fiscal year 2018, a spending plan that continues academic programs and supports strategic initiatives.
Chief Executive Officer Dr. Kevin M. Maxwell released the proposed budget in December. The Board added approximately $4.3 million to the proposed budget. The additional funds will support Advanced Placement test subsidies and more prekindergarten teachers, math coaches and maintenance staff. The total adjusted budget is $2,050,715,637. The fiscal year 2017 budget is $1.92 billion.
”This budget supports programs and initiatives that will continue the progress we have made in moving our district towards greatness," said Dr. Maxwell. "It expands successful academic programs, builds teacher capacity, supports student safety initiatives, offers new opportunities for family engagement and addresses concerns shared by our community during the budget development process."
The budget aligns to key initiatives in the Prince George’s County Public Schools strategic plan – Academic Excellence, High-Performing Workforce, Safe and Supportive Environments, Family and Community Engagement, and Organizational Effectiveness. The spending plan invests more in early childhood education, neighborhood schools and specialty programs; strengthens the math and literacy focus; targets academic support resources; and improves employee compensation.
Major budget highlights:
Academic Excellence ($34.9 million)
Add grade levels 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 ($89.0 million)
Provide $53 million in salary enhancements for all employees
Match Maryland’s National Board Certified Teacher stipend
Increase mentor teachers, enhance Peer Assistance and Review teacher program
Expand 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
Increase maintenance funding
Add bus drivers, transportation call center staff
Family and Community Engagement ($303,000)
Expand engagement opportunities and Family Institute offerings
Offer new family communications portal
Provide Summer Youth Employment Program
Organizational Effectiveness ($2.1 million)
Fund Student Health Records System
Provide cultural training for employees
The requested budget was approved by a 12-0 vote. The Board will submit the requested budget to Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker III for review by March 1. The County Executive will present his budget to the County Council by March 15.
The Board will reconcile the budget after the County Council finalizes its appropriations. For the latest information, visit www.pgcps.org/budget.
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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