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Mission Statement

The Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) operates a countywide system of public schools for students from pre-kindergarten through high school. For the 2017-18 school year (FY18), 161,470 students in pre-kindergarten classes through Grade 12 attend 205 separate public educational facilities. For the 2018-19 school year (FY19), enrollment is estimated at 163,184 students.

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Budget Overview

The County Executive's role in the MCPS budget process is to present to the County Council a recommended total budget. The total recommended FY19 Operating Budget is $2,592.2 million, an increase of $75.1 million or 3 percent over the original FY18 approved budget of $2,517.1 million, and this recommended budget exceeds the amount required by the State's Maintenance of Effort (MOE) law by $19.0 million.

The County Executive's recommendation funds one hundred percent of the Board of Education's (BOE) request. In addition, $27.2 million will be provided by the County from the Consolidated Retiree Health Benefits Trust for the purpose of paying retiree health claims in FY19. This continued support is assumed in the BOE's request.

The County also supports the operations of the school system through the expenditures of other departments. For example, school health services, childhood wellness, and Linkages to Learning programs are provided by the Department of Health and Human Services; research and internet resources are made available in the Montgomery County Public Libraries; crossing guards are provided by the Department of Police; sports academies for youth are sponsored by the Department of Recreation; reimbursements for classrooms and school sports fields rented by residents are made by Community Use of Public Facilities; and the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission provides maintenance of MCPS ballfields. In addition to the total recommended Operating Budget for the public schools, this agency's Capital Improvements Program (CIP) requires County funding. Approximately $18.1 million in FY19 current revenue and $62.5 million in recordation taxes are recommended in the FY19-24 CIP. The debt service requirement for the MCPS capital program is estimated at $155.0 million in FY19.

The table below summarizes the contributions to MCPS programs that are appropriated in other departments or agencies.

The recommended budget includes the County's contribution of $1,707.7 million plus $25.0 million in carryover funds (66.8 percent of all recommended funding), State aid and grants of $707.8 million (27.3 percent), Federal grants and aid of $74.8 million (2.9 percent), and tuition, fees, and private grants of $10.1 million (0.4 percent). The recommended appropriation for the fee supported enterprise funds is $65.2 million (2.5 percent) and for the special revenue fund is $1.7 million (0.1 percent).

Tax Supported Funding for the Public Schools

For FY19, the total tax supported portion of the Executive's recommendation (excluding grants and enterprise funds) is $2,443.2 million, an increase of $74.5 million or 3.1 percent over the original FY18 Approved Operating Budget. The tax supported portion of the recommendation includes an FY19 local contribution of $1,707.7 million, plus carryover of $25.0 million for a total local contribution of $1,732.7 million. MOE is a State requirement that each local school district must spend as much per student as it did in the prior fiscal year in order to receive additional State aid for education. The Executive's recommendation for local funding meets the MOE requirement, and is a total increase of $44.4 million from the FY18 local contribution.

Fiscal Summary

The Executive's total budget recommendation from all funding sources is $2,592.2 million and funds one hundred percent of the BOE's request. The Executive relies on the BOE to determine the most appropriate manner to deliver educational services within its recommended budget allocation.

Spending Affordability

In February 2018, the Montgomery County Council approved FY19 Spending Affordability Guidelines (SAG) of $2,395.5 million for the tax supported funds of MCPS. The BOE requested $2,443.2 million in tax supported funds.

Additional Budget Details

The Executive affirms the authority of the BOE to establish educational policy and to determine the allocation of appropriated funds in support of the mission of the public school system. Complete information regarding the MCPS budget request is available in the FY19 Operating Budget adopted by the BOE on February 13, 2018. Copies of that budget are available at Montgomery County libraries, on the MCPS website, and upon request from the school system.

Linkage to County Result Areas

While this program area supports all eight of the County Result Areas, the following is emphasized:

  • Children Prepared to Live and Learn

Budget Trends
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Program Contacts

Contact Nicola Diamond of the Montgomery County Public Schools at 240.314.3888 or Bruce Meier of the Office of Management and Budget at 240.777.2785 for more information regarding this agency's operating budget.

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Budget Summary
TitleActual
FY17
Budget
FY18
Estimate
FY18
Recommended
FY19
%Chg
Bud/Rec
CURRENT FUND MCPS
EXPENDITURES
Salaries and Wages0.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
Employee Benefits0.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
Current Fund MCPS Personnel Costs0.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
Operating Expenses2312490723.002368655562.00 2347331555.00 2443168218.003.2
Current Fund MCPS Expenditures2312490723.002368655562.00 2347331555.00 2443168218.003.1
PERSONNEL
Full-Time0.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
Part-Time0.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
FTEs21059.5221090.64 21090.64 21254.350.8
REVENUES
Basic State Aid325526802.00338744661.00 338744661.00 351744825.003.8
Federal Revenues946565.00150000.00 150000.00 150000.000.0
Foster Care/Miscellaneous164934.00140000.00 140000.00 140000.000.0
GCEI - Geographic Cost of Education Index35976870.0036854599.00 36854599.00 37711769.002.3
Students With Disabilities54843667.0056526981.00 56526981.00 58955879.004.3
Thornton Legislation199296312.00204758509.00 204758509.00 215138780.005.1
Transportation40932087.0042090090.00 42090090.00 43244528.002.7
Tuition-Other Sources4009256.003326736.00 3326736.00 3366736.001.2
Current Fund MCPS Revenues661696493.00682591576.00 682591576.00 710452517.004.1
 
GRANT FUND MCPS
EXPENDITURES
Salaries and Wages0.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
Employee Benefits0.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
Grant Fund MCPS Personnel Costs0.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
Operating Expenses74657887.0082190798.00 82190798.00 82190798.000.0
Grant Fund MCPS Expenditures74657887.0082190798.00 82190798.00 82190798.000.0
PERSONNEL
Full-Time0.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
Part-Time0.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
FTEs559.79558.37 558.37 557.59-0.1
REVENUES
Federal Grants72213310.0074629459.00 74629459.00 74629459.000.0
Private Grants544278.006731204.00 6731204.00 6731204.000.0
State Grants1900299.00830135.00 830135.00 830135.000.0
Grant Fund MCPS Revenues74657887.0082190798.00 82190798.00 82190798.000.0
 
FOOD SERVICE FUND
EXPENDITURES
Salaries and Wages0.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
Employee Benefits0.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
Food Service Fund Personnel Costs0.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
Operating Expenses58125752.0054213534.00 54213534.00 54647748.000.8
Food Service Fund Expenditures58125752.0054213534.00 54213534.00 54647748.000.8
PERSONNEL
Full-Time0.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
Part-Time0.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
FTEs588.32593.32 593.32 598.320.8
REVENUES
Federal Food38564790.0035058547.00 35058547.00 35339342.000.8
Sale of Meals20491795.0016943135.00 16943135.00 17078839.000.8
State Food2202492.002211852.00 2211852.00 2229567.000.8
Food Service Fund Revenues61259077.0054213534.00 54213534.00 54647748.000.8
 
REAL ESTATE FUND
EXPENDITURES
Salaries and Wages0.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
Employee Benefits0.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
Real Estate Fund Personnel Costs0.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
Operating Expenses3226308.003932647.00 3932647.00 3932647.000.0
Real Estate Fund Expenditures3226308.003932647.00 3932647.00 3932647.000.0
PERSONNEL
Full-Time0.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
Part-Time0.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
FTEs11.5012.00 12.00 12.000.0
REVENUES
Real Estate Fund3194139.003932647.00 3932647.00 3932647.000.0
Real Estate Fund Revenues3194139.003932647.00 3932647.00 3932647.000.0
 
FIELD TRIP FUND
EXPENDITURES
Salaries and Wages0.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
Employee Benefits0.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
Field Trip Fund Personnel Costs0.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
Operating Expenses2006344.002313743.00 2313743.00 2513743.008.6
Field Trip Fund Expenditures2006344.002313743.00 2313743.00 2513743.008.6
PERSONNEL
Full-Time0.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
Part-Time0.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
FTEs4.504.50 4.50 4.500.0
REVENUES
Field Trip Fees2053978.002313743.00 2313743.00 2513743.008.6
Field Trip Fund Revenues2053978.002313743.00 2313743.00 2513743.008.6
 
ENTREPRENEURIAL ACTIVITIES FUND
EXPENDITURES
Salaries and Wages0.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
Employee Benefits0.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
Entrepreneurial Activities Fund Personnel Costs0.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
Operating Expenses3875067.004090053.00 4090053.00 4090053.000.0
Entrepreneurial Activities Fund Expenditures3875067.004090053.00 4090053.00 4090053.000.0
PERSONNEL
Full-Time0.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
Part-Time0.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
FTEs11.6012.00 12.00 12.000.0
REVENUES
Entrepreneurial Activities Fee2962897.002090053.00 2090053.00 2090053.000.0
Entrepreneurial Activities Fund Revenues2962897.002090053.00 2090053.00 2090053.000.0
 
INSTRUCTIONAL TELEVISION FUND
EXPENDITURES
Salaries and Wages0.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
Employee Benefits0.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
Instructional Television Fund Personnel Costs0.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
Operating Expenses1727601.001697504.00 1697504.00 1697504.000.0
Instructional Television Fund Expenditures1727601.001697504.00 1697504.00 1697504.000.0
PERSONNEL
Full-Time0.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
Part-Time0.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
FTEs13.5013.50 13.50 13.500.0
REVENUES
 
DEPARTMENT TOTALS
Total Expenditures2456109682.002517093841.00 2495769834.00 2592240711.003.0
Total Full-Time Positions0.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
Total Part-Time Positions0.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
Total FTEs22248.7322284.33 22284.33 22452.260.8
Total Revenues805824471.00827332351.00 827332351.00 855827506.003.4
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