The Citizens Budget: FY 2008
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The Citizens Budget:
FY 2008 (3.2MB PDF)
The MCPS operating budget has been carefully crafted to boost academic achievement for all children and is aligned with our
strategic plan, Our Call to Action: Pursuit of Excellence. Our previous investments have enabled us to strengthen our curriculum,
reduce class size, provide full-day kindergarten, improve staff training, and focus initiatives on overcoming the achievement gap
We are recommending an increase of 7.1 percent to continue this progress and that includes a 4 percent increase from local taxpayers. The 7.1 percent increase comprises 3.8 percent for negotiated salary increases; 1.4 percent for salary increments; 1.4 percent for employee benefits, including for retirees; and 0.5 percent for all other changes including inflation, initiatives, and utilities. The FY 2008 budget totals $1.98 billion, an increase of $132 million. When $16.1 million required to pre-fund retiree health benefits mandated by new rules is excluded, the total budget will increase $116.1 million, 6.3 percent above FY 2007.
This budget includes negotiated salary increases for our employees of 4.8 percent. It also includes about $9.6 million in additional resources to fund our middle school initiative and to improve elementary and high school programs. We will continue efforts to improve special education with innovative approaches to serve more children in the general education classrooms in their home school environment.
Even as we contend with rising health care and utilities costs, we continue to have among the lowest central administrative expenses of any school system in Maryland at 2 percent. That allows us to devote 80 cents of every dollar to instructional programs.
Our success over the past seven years is a direct result of the able leadership of the Board, along with consistent support
county executive and the County Council. Together, I know that we will continue our progress with the investments included in
the FY 2008 budget.
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