Budget Q & A on February 4th (Updated)

Update: Due to the severe snowstorm, this event has been rescheduled for Thursday, February 4th.

PGCABS flyerBring your questions about the CEO’s proposed operating budget for Fiscal Year 2017 to the Greenbelt Community Center (Rm. 114) on Monday, January 25th Thursday, February 4th at 6 pm. Staff from the PGCPS Budget Office will be in attendance to answer questions.

As you are preparing your questions, keep the following in mind:

  • Be sure that your questions are clear and to the point. This is not the time to make speeches about the virtues or failings of the budget. Save those comments for the Board of Education‘s budget hearing on February 9th.
  • Questions should pertain specifically to the operating budget. This meeting is not focused on school construction and renovation projects; capital improvements have a separate budget.
  • If possible, email your questions in advance of the meeting to pgcabschools@gmail.com or enter them into this google form.
  • Here is the link to CEO Maxwell’s proposed budget.

Have more questions about the event? Email us at pgcabschools@gmail.com.

Here is a link to the Facebook event page.

Time to Pay Attention to the School Budget

by Tommi Makila

It’s school budget time again. The CEO’s proposed operating budget for fiscal year 2017 is ambitious, so it is likely that we will again go through a spirited discussion about the school system and its funding level. So that your participatation in the discussion is more meaningful, I recommend doing the following three things:

1. Read the CEO’s proposed budget. The school system’s CEO presented his proposed operating budget to the Board of Education in early December. This proposed budget is available on the PGCPS website, on the Budget and Management Services webpage. Even if you don’t read the whole thing (the full document is over 300 pages), at least become familiar with the parts of the budget that interest you the most. Or read the introduction to the budget, a much shorter document that gives an overview of the budget.

2. Attend the budget Q&A session. Prince George’s County Advocates for Better Schools (PGCABS) is hosting a meeting so that interested residents can pose questions to the PGCPS budget office staff about the proposed budget. The Q&A session will be held on Monday, January 25 from 6 pm to 8 pm in Room 114 of the Greenbelt Community Center (15 Crescent Road, Greenbelt). To submit a question(s) in advance of the meeting, click here (or send an email to pgcabschools@gmail.com). Click here to submit questions about the budget . PGCPS budget staff will prepare answers in advance of the meeting. Emailed questions need to be submitted by Monday, January 18.

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