The Board of Education of Frederick County (BOE) seeks feedback at a public hearing Wednesday, February 6 on next year’s school system operating budget, fiscal year 2020. The hearing will take place at 7 p.m. at 191 S. East Street, Frederick, in the Central Office Board Room.
At this point in the process, Superintendent Dr. Terry Alban has shared her initial budget recommendations on January 7, using a video format to reach as many community members as possible. The video is online at: https://youtu.be/ViiNB-qQxHs. In addition, FCPS has posted a detailed summary of the Superintendent’s recommended budget, version 1.0, at www.fcps.org/budget as the start of longer conversations as elected leaders and community work toward the final budget. Factors such as not-yet-determined final funding levels from the county and state mean that details and final numbers are still changing.
“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 share your views at the Board’s public hearing. Please add your voice,” she urges, “to help keep FCPS and our community moving forward.”
In addition to speaking at the public hearing, the public may email questions and comments to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com, post comments via Twitter using #FCPSPromise (follow the FCPS Twitter account at http://www.twitter.com/fcpsmaryland), and post feedback to the FCPS Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/FCPSMaryland/. An online calendar shows the budget process timeline at www.fcps.org/about/fy-2020-budget-calendar.
Individuals may sign up as early as 30 minutes prior to the hearing to speak for three minutes; an individual representing an organization is allotted five minutes.