by Tommi Makila
The budget question and answer session organized by Prince George’s County Advocates for Better Schools on February 4th was a success. Despite the need to reschedule the event due to the snowstorm, the meeting was well attended.
The agenda for the meeting was straightforward. PGCPS Budget and Management Services Director John Pfister provided an overview of the budget, followed by a lively and informative question and answer session. Among the many topics discussed were special education funding, student based budgeting, technology expenditures, philanthropic donations to the school system, building maintenance, professional development, and the proposed parent university. Mr. Pfister and his staff also had prepared answers to previously submitted questions by PGCABS members.
Residents are encouraged to provide input on the CEO’s proposed budget. See this recent blog post for information about the February 9th public hearing and other ways to make your opinion heard.
Mr. Pfister’s presentation and other handouts from the Q&A event are helpful resources for those interested in the budget:
- Budget Q & A Presentation
- PGCPS responses to previously submitted questions: Answers to Budget Questions
- PGCPS responses to previously submitted questions, second set: Answers to Budget Questions, Part 2
- PGCPS FY2017 Budget in Brief Fact Sheet