The recommended FY 2006 Operating Budget is designed to build on the many academic successes of the last five years. The new budget includes significant new investments to reduce class size at all levels, expand full-day kindergarten, enhance special education programs, and continue hiring, training and retaining highly qualified employees.
Academic achievements over the last five years include:
- The highest SAT scores in the history of Montgomery County and Maryland with the greatest number of students ever to take the test.
- Second and third graders are among the highest achieving students on state and national test.
- A record number of students reading in kindergarten.
- 23 high schools among the top 5 percent in the nation that encourage students to take AP and IB courses.
- 51 National Merit Scholars – up from 39 just four years ago.
- 29 national Blue Ribbon schools.
“We are demonstrating that when you hire top quality teachers, administrators, and support staff and give them the tools they need to do their jobs – good things happen,” said Dr. Weast. “Every day we are seeing our investments in our people pay off in the performance of our students.”
Dr. Weast said, “The FY 2006 budget is strategically designed for continued success well into the future.” Specifically, the FY 2006 budget includes an increase of $109.2 million over the FY 2005 budget.
The FY 2006 budget increase includes $65 million for salaries and benefits, $26 million for new initiatives, $15 million for growth and $3 million for transportation, inflation other costs.
“This budget gives our teachers and staff the tools they need to continue getting top results in the classroom. I’m proud of the great work they do everyday on behalf of the children of Montgomery County and I know that our community supports and appreciate these dedicated employees as well,” said Dr. Weast.
Citizens Budget: FY 2006 (3000K