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What is the trend data for the number of central office employees (non-school based staff) from before the recession until now?

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Each year, through our internal budget process, we closely review the Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) Operating Budget, including school-based, school support, and central services components, to identify program efficiencies, reductions, realignments, and other adjustments to include in the annual budget.  While these adjustments are often difficult, given other funding requirements coupled with our commitment to excellence for all our students, these efficiencies, reductions and other adjustments help offset the total budget request.  It is important to keep in mind that in addition to these adjustments, positions were added over the years for increased enrollment, new schools, additional space, new programs to serve students, and system initiatives.

Between Fiscal Year (FY) 2010 and FY 2012, the local contribution for MCPS from Montgomery County was reduced by a cumulative total of $345.5 million at the height of the recession earlier this decade.  The cost per pupil dropped from $11,249 in FY 2009 to $9,759 in FY 2012 when it was rebased under the Maintenance of Effort law.  Numerous positions across MCPS including school-based, school support, and central services had to be eliminated when our funding decreased. 

The following table shows four categories of MCPS central services positions between Fiscal Year (FY) 2010 and FY 2019.  For the purpose of this table, we have excluded transportation, building services, food services, and facilities management as these positions are regarded as school-support and are adjusted to address student enrollment and system growth.  In total, these areas represent approximately 4,100 (FY 2019) positions.  In addition, all school-based positions have been excluded.  

MONTGOMERY COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS
CENTRAL OFFICE STAFFING, FY 2010-2019

 
Positions
FY 2010 FY 2011 FY 2012 FY 2013 FY 2014 FY 2015 FY 2016** FY 2017 FY 2018 FY 2019***
Executive 19.0 17.0 17.0 19.0 21.0 19.0 16.0 17.0 17.0 17.0
Administrative 213.0 200.2 199.0 195.0 196.7 204.7 199.7 197.6 198.8 176.7
Other Professional* 209.8 197.5 185.9 181.3 182.5 188.5 186.4 184.4 168.5 159.2
Business/Ops. Administrator 28.0 28.0 26.0 26.0 25.6 25.7 24.7 21.7 25.8 24.8
SEIU Central Services Positions 608.2 592.7 563.0 562.2 560.3 557.6 536.1 527.4 536.9 524.6
Total 1,078.0 1,035.4 990.9 983.5 986.1 995.5 962.9 948.1 947.0 902.3
Change from prior year   -42.6 -44.5 -7.4 2.6 9.4 -32.6 -14.8 -1.1 -44.7
Cumulative change from FY 2010   -42.6 -87.1 -94.5 -91.9 -82.5 -115.1 -129.9 -131.1 -175.7

*Other Professional includes such positions as instructional specialists, content specialists, and evaluation specialists.
**Reflects 16 IT systems specialist positions that were moved to the Capital budget starting in FY 2016.
***FY 2019 reflects the Superintendent's Recommended FY 2019 Operating Budget.

 

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