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What is the cost to provide a 1.0 counselor instead of .5 allocations so that students have full time counselors?

Question#: 28

ANSWER:

Elementary Schools

The Superintendent’s FY 2019 Recommended Operating Budget Appendix C, K-12 Budget Staffing Guidelines for elementary school counselor positions indicate that 1.0 counselor positions will be allocated per school.  An additional 0.5 counselor position is allocated to non-focus schools with projected Grades K-5 enrollment greater than 750, to focus schools with projected Grades K-5 enrollment greater than 650, and to Title I schools with projected Grades K-5 enrollment greater than 550.

There are currently 31 elementary schools that have a .5 counselor allocation.  The cost to increase the elementary schools’ budget by 15.5 counselor positions is $2,072,050 (including employee benefits).

 

Secondary Schools

The Superintendent’s FY 2019 Recommended Operating Budget Appendix C, K-12 Budget Staffing Guidelines for middle and high school counselor positions state that counselor positions are allocated to schools based on projected enrollment and a guideline of student to staff ratio of 250:1.

There are currently 24 middle schools that have a .5 counselor allocation.  The cost to increase the middle schools budget by 12 secondary counselor positions is $1,567,621 (including employee benefits).  Additionally, 13 high schools have .5 counselor allocation; therefore, the cost of adding 6.5 counselor positions to the middle schools’ budget is $830,023 (including employee benefits).

The total cost of providing a 1.0 counselor instead of a .5 counselor at elementary, middle, and high schools is $4,469,694 (including employee benefits). In each of these cases, the ratio would be reduced well below the guidelines.  Currently, MCPS has the lowest secondary ratios for students to counselor in the State of Maryland.

 

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