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  FY 2007 Operating Budget: Question & Answers

During the budget process, questions asked by members of the Board of Education at public hearings and work sessions are compiled. Appropriate staff from Montgomery County Public Schools respond to the questions with written answers that are forwarded to Board members.

Answers to other budget questions may be requested from the Department of Management, Budget, and Planning.
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  1. What is the value of the two parent outreach approaches, study circles and the school-based parent outreach programs? Why did the superintendent choose to expand study circles? How does the translation services unit relate to parent community outreach?
    bullet pointAnswer (80K PDF)
  1. What elementary schools will not have assistant principals in FY 2007? Provide FARMS,
    educational load and mobility data for those schools.
    bullet pointAnswer (84K PDF)
  1. Regarding the testimony of the Damascus cluster, what occurs with regard to school staffing if enrollment declines?
    bullet pointAnswer (41K PDF)
  1. Provide an accounting for the changes in the budget for textbooks and instructional materials.
    bullet pointAnswer (73K PDF)
  1. Provide a performance evaluation of the schools in the Wootton cluster using available statistical data.
    bullet pointAnswer (78K PDF)
    bullet pointAttachment (138K PDF)
  1. Have there been any conversations with the City of Rockville regarding security at Richard
    Montgomery High School in light of the construction activity there?
    bullet pointAnswer (49K PDF)
  1. What is the approach to literacy in secondary schools?
    bullet pointAnswer (53K PDF)
  1. What schools will not have full-day kindergarten in FY 2007? What are the capital and
    operating costs to bring full-day kindergarten to those schools?
    bullet pointAnswer (50K PDF)
  1. What is the cost of an assistant principal position at the secondary level? What are the criteria for allocating high school assistant principals?
    bullet pointAnswer (50K PDF)
  1. What is the cost of a parent community coordinator? What is the plan regarding this position at White Oak Middle School?
    bullet pointAnswer (50K PDF)
  1. Respond to the testimony from the Maryland Tax Education Foundation, especially the
    statements regarding SAT participation and results.
    bullet pointAnswer (83K PDF)
  1. Respond to the testimony provided by CAPSA regarding the lack of a qualified parent
    community coordinator and counselor for the Chinese community.
    bullet pointAnswer (50K PDF)
  1. What is the status of the development of a standards-based ESOL curriculum? What is the timeline for the development of this curriculum? Can we partner with a university to revise the ESOL curriculum? What would it cost to add a full time ESOL curriculum coordinator and how would the timeline for curriculum development be affected by this addition? What will staff do to work with the advisory committee to clarify its issues?
    bullet pointAnswer (55K PDF)
  1. How has the number of PPWs changed over the last five years in relation to enrollment growth and new schools? What are the criteria for adding PPWs to the budget and how is travel time considered?
    bullet pointAnswer (67K PDF)
  1. Address the statement in the testimony of Robert Astrove regarding special education spending over the last two years. What percentage of the total special education budget was unspent? What process is used to project special education enrollment? Address the statement that special education enrollment was under projected in 9 of the last 12 years.
    bullet pointAnswer (97K PDF)
  1. Regarding the testimony of the Maryland Community Association for the Education of Young Children, why are we having a problem in enrolling eligible students in prekindergarten programs and what can be done to address this issue?
    bullet pointAnswer (54K PDF)
  1. What are the recommendations of the special education staffing plan committee? Which ones were funded in the budget and why?
    bullet pointAnswer (109K PDF)
  1. Clarify what is meant by a "magnet" program.
    bullet pointAnswer (50K PDF)
  1. There is no question 19.
  1. What are the BOE office staffing numbers in MCPS compared with other Maryland counties, Washington, D.C., and Fairfax County?
    bullet pointAnswer (52K PDF)
  1. What would be the cost of providing counselors at a 250:1 student to counselor ratio?
    bullet pointAnswer (78K PDF)
  1. Provide a description of what a school-based translation services model might look like
    including the cost?
    bullet pointAnswer (50K PDF)
  1. What criteria are used to place an assistant principal in an elementary school?
    bullet pointAnswer (47K PDF)
  1. There is no question 24.
  1. Describe the function of the renovation unit in the Division of Maintenance. What is the
    rationale for reducing positions for FY 2007?
    bullet pointAnswer (49K PDF)
  1. Is there a difference in the DCC schools compared to other MCPS schools in the number of "hard to fill" vacancies?
    bullet pointAnswer (43K PDF)
  1. What efforts are being made to recruit bilingual staff?
    bullet pointAnswer (89K PDF)
  1. What is the cost to add 30 seats per grade level to the middle school magnet programs at both Eastern and Takoma Park middle schools? What is the cost of one seat?
    bullet pointAnswer (52K PDF)
  1. What is the cost of a parent community coordinator including part-time assistance?
    bullet pointAnswer (46K PDF)
  1. What are the challenges of finding highly qualified and certified teachers?
    bullet pointAnswer (56K PDF)
  1. Provide a description of the current expansion of the Gifted and Talented program. What
    schools are included and how many students will participate?
    bullet pointAnswer (54K PDF)
  1. What is the cost of providing Conquista tus Suenos at all high schools?
    bullet pointAnswer (79K PDF)
  1. What is the job description and cost of a PPW? What are the benefits of adding an additional position?
    bullet pointAnswer (53K PDF)
  1. How are other high schools with demographic profiles similar to Springbrook High School
    performing on the SAT?
    bullet pointAnswer (63K PDF)
  1. How many teacher positions are filled by MCPS graduates? How many are filled by the "home grown" method? How many are we training using that method?
    bullet pointAnswer (54K PDF)
    bullet pointAttachment (82K PDF)
  1. Respond to the testimony of the Quince Orchard cluster regarding pedestrian safety.
    bullet pointAnswer (52K PDF)
  1. Provide a description of services provided by the three units in the Department of Shared Accountability. What is the ability of MCPS to assess and evaluate all programs for
    effectiveness?
    bullet pointAnswer (93K PDF)
  1. What is the cost of adding four special education paraeducators to provide Transition Services internships?
    bullet pointAnswer (55K PDF)
  1. Provide an update on the closing of Grafton School.
    bullet pointAnswer (57K PDF)
  1. Respond to the survey prepared by the Art Education Association regarding the effect of
    MCPS's full-day kindergarten and elementary class-size reduction initiative on class time and size of art education classes? What is the impact of adding additional positions on reducing oversized classes?
    bullet pointAnswer (42K PDF)
  1. How will MCPS measure the effectiveness of the Hours-Based Staffing Model?
    bullet pointAnswer (78K PDF)
  1. What is the rationale for purchasing a new IEP system? Is a new system available from the state at no cost?
    bullet pointAnswer (52K PDF)
  1. What is the enrollment projection for the METS program? Is there a FY 2007 budget increase for this program?
    bullet pointAnswer (50K PDF)
  1. How do we meet the diverse translation needs of parents in local schools? Do we keep an
    inventory of bilingual staff in the schools?
    bullet pointAnswer (61K PDF)
  1. Determine if the governor's added funding for facilities would be eligible for relocatable
    classrooms to complete full-day kindergarten.
    bullet pointAnswer (51K PDF)
  1. Provide the report on the rationale and factors used to select the phase in of full-day
    kindergarten.
    bullet pointAnswer (50K PDF)
  1. How many substitute teachers would be provided with $1.5 million?
    bullet pointAnswer (48K PDF)
  1. Provide a performance evaluation of the schools in the Thomas S. Wootton High School cluster using available statistical data.
    bullet pointAnswer (89K PDF)
  1. Provide a compilation of the parent outreach positions and job descriptions.
    bullet pointAnswer (47K PDF)
  1. What is the number of staff and the staffing ratios at Mark Twain School?
    bullet pointAnswer (50K PDF)
  1. What are the issues, including cost, for the Department of Reporting and Regulatory Accountability to evaluate the implementation of Board of Education Policy?
    bullet pointAnswer (43K PDF)

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