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BOARD OF EDUCATION ADOPTS $1.14 BILLION BUDGET REQUEST FOR FY2017 THAT FUNDS COMPENSATION INCREASES, REDUCES FUNDING FOR SCHOOL HOURS SHIFT

The Board of Education of Anne Arundel County today unanimously approved a $1.14 billion operating budget request for Fiscal Year 2017 that includes more than $15 million for compensation increases for all employees and eliminates a portion of the funding for a proposed shift in school hours that would have largely aligned with medical recommendations.

The budget request is $1.75 million less than that proposed by Superintendent George Arlotto in December. It will now be forwarded to County Executive Steve Schuh for consideration.

After removing funding for the $8.1 million start and dismissal times proposal by a 6-3 vote, the Board voted 7-2 to include $1.4 million to be used for future school hours initiatives. The Board did not put forth a plan to use that funding, and school system officials said that if it is included in the Board’s final budget in June, it would not impact school hours before August 2017.

The Board made one other change to Dr. Arlotto’s proposal, increasing by $5.0 million the amount requested to replenish the school system’s health care fund, which has been drawn down in recent years as the County has used the funding in other parts of the budget. The request now stands at $20 million.

The Board’s approved request includes:

CAPITAL BUDGET

The Board also unanimously approved Dr. Arlotto’s recommended $255.6 million capital budget. The request allocates more than $74 million to pre-existing renovation projects, including Severna Park High School and Manor View, High Point, George Cromwell, Jessup, and Arnold elementary schools.

It also includes:

The Board’s requests will be forwarded to the County Executive, who will present a proposal to the County Council on May 2. The County Executive’s proposal will be considered by the County Council before it adopts its budgets no later than June 15. The Board may adjust operating budget funding within state categories before it approves a final school system budget by June 30.