Frederick County Public Schools’ Superintendent Dr. Terry Alban shares her operating budget priorities for the 2019-2020 school year (FY 2020) using a video format this year to reach as many community members as possible. She invites the public to see the video at https://youtu.be/ViiNB-qQxHs. In addition, FCPS has posted a detailed summary of the Superintendent’s recommended budget, version 1.0, online at www.fcps.org/budget. It is the start of longer conversation as elected leaders and community work toward the final budget. Factors like final funding levels from the county and state mean that details and final numbers will change.
“Most importantly, as we work through the budget process, I ask for the help and support of every member of our community. Nothing has a bigger impact than public advocacy for our county’s schools and students,” says Dr. Alban. “I encourage everyone to take a close look at the proposed budget and share your views. Please add your voice,” she urges, “to help keep FCPS and our community moving forward.”
Seeking as much community engagement as possible, Dr. Alban encourages and welcomes questions and feedback regarding the proposed budget in multiple ways. The public may email questions and comments to firstname.lastname@example.org, post comments via Twitter using #FCPSPromise (follow the FCPS Twitter account at http://www.twitter.com/fcpsmaryland), post feedback to the FCPS Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/FCPSMaryland/, and speak during public comment times at Board of Education meetings starting Wednesday, January 9 at 6 p.m. in the Board Room at 191 S. East Street, Frederick. A full calendar of BOE budget work sessions and meetings is online at www.fcps.org/about/fy2020-budget-calendar. The Board’s public hearing on the FY2020 Operating Budget will take place Wednesday, February 6 at 7 p.m.
A sign-up sheet is available 30 minutes prior to BOE meetings for those wishing to speak during public comment. Individuals may speak for three minutes; an individual representing an organization is allotted five minutes.