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Board of Education Evening Business Meeting - February 25, 2013

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Acknowledgement of a Quorum
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FY 2014 Summer School Fees

The Board of Education voted to maintain all full and reduced summer school fees at the same level as FY 2013, with no increases. The Summer School Revenue-based Program full fees remain at $335 for elementary courses, $300 for high school core courses, and $310 for high school non-core courses, including student online learning. Reduced fees will remain at $85 or $120, depending on family income.

MCPS will provide Summer School programs for intervention, enrichment and acceleration of academic instruction for MCPS students through four elementary regional centers, four high school regional centers, and local school programs. The Summer School Program is an integral part of the MCPS strategic plan, Our Call to Action: Pursuit of Excellence and provides the necessary flexibility for schools to develop summer programs to address the needs of students in their local school or cluster.

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Adoption of Fiscal Year 2014 Operating Budget

The Board of Education approved a $2.23 billion Operating Budget request for Fiscal Year (FY) 2014. The Board’s request represents a 2.65 percent increase over this year, and will allow the district to focus on managing growth, narrow achievement gaps, and invest in the future of Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) and its students. The request is less than 0.7 percent above the funding floor required by state law.

The Board’s budget request represents a $57.5 million increase over the current FY 2013 budget, and the majority of that increase will allow the district to serve an additional 2,300 students next school year. The budget also calls for investing in key areas, such as mathematics instruction, middle schools, professional learning for staff and the strategic restoration of positions that have been eliminated over the past several years.

The Board will submit its budget request to the Montgomery County Executive and the County Council on March 1. County Executive Isiah Leggett is expected to release his FY 2014 Operating Budget recommendation on March 15. The County Council will hold public hearings prior to approving a final MCPS budget in May.

Press Release

Presentation of Gallup Engagement Surveys

The Board received an update and held a discussion on the results of the 2012 Q12 Engagement Survey for all MCPS employees and the Gallup Student Poll for students in Grades 5–12. The results of the surveys will guide the school system in its efforts to improve teaching and learning in every school.  Based on more than four decades of research, Gallup has identified definitive employee attitudes that correspond with the most successful workplaces. Additionally, Gallup has identified the questions that measure these attitudes and studied the links between employees’ responses and various school outcomes, including employee retention, parent engagement, student retention, and student achievement.

The Gallup Student Poll tracks the hope, engagement, and well-being of students. Research supports the idea that hope, engagement, and well-being are actionable targets linked to student achievement, retention and future employment.

The survey results for all schools will be posted on the MCPS website in the coming weeks.

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