Monday, April 11, 2011

Harford County has a $23M Hole in their Education Budget

from the Harford County Dagger

Last Monday, the members of the Harford County Board of Education got word that their requested operating budget for next year would be under-funded by a total of $23,459,597 from state, local and other sources combined. This Monday, board members will decide what to do about it.

In a special meeting called to revise the FY12 operating budget, board members will consider amendments and vote on a recommended budget to be submitted to the Harford County Council later in the week, during work sessions planned by the council to discuss the budgets for county departments and outside agencies, including the public school system.

Below is the published agenda for the April 11, 2011 meeting of the Harford County Board of Education.

Published agendas are subject to change:
MONDAY, APRIL 11, 2011
102 S. Hickory Avenue, Bel Air, MD 21014

Board Open Session – 6:00 P.M. – Board Room
Board Closed Session – 6:05 P.M. Board Executive Conference Room
Board Business Meeting – 7:00 P.M. – Board Room

7:00 P.M. Call to Order – Mark M. Wolkow, President
Quorum Roll Call
Adoption of Agenda
Pledge of Allegiance

*7:05 P.M. Public Comment

*7:15 P.M. Board Committee Reports and Comments

Old Business
Action Item(s):

*7:30 P.M. A. Decision on Revised FY 2012 HCPS Operating Budget

New Business

*8:00 P.M. B. Superintendent’s Report

Future Meetings Review

*Times are approximate
Update 4/12 - In the end the budget recommended by the Superintendent was approved as submitted. Mr. Frisch was the only school board member to offer any amendments in an attempt to save money but all were defeated. Interesting was that even though none of the amendments passed the budget was only approved on a 4 (Wolkow, Wheeler, Evans, Krchnavy) to 3 (Frisch, Grambo, Osman) vote. At would appear that things are changing on the school board and there may be a healthy move away from what has been business as usual. I think the elected members are making their presence felt.

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