BCPS Releases Budget Proposal For Fiscal Year 2024

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Credit: Baltimore County Public Schools

BALTIMORE COUNTY - Superintendent of Baltimore County Public Schools, Dr. Darryl L. Williams, presented the operating budget proposal for Fiscal Year (FY) 2024 during the Board of Education’s Jan. 10 meeting.

The proposed $2.59 billion budget continues BCPS’ focus on raising the bar, closing achievement and opportunity gaps, and preparing all students for the future.

The budget presents an overall increase of $226.0 million (9.5 percent) over the FY 2023 operating budget.

According to BCPS, “the proposed budget ensures that BCPS can provide a high-quality education and meet the increasing needs of its diverse student population, continue its recovery from the significant impact of the global COVID-19 pandemic, accelerate academic growth for students, and explore innovative approaches for teaching and learning.”

Highlights from the proposed FY 2024 operating budget include:

  • Additional investments in English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) programs.
  • Expansion of full-day Prekindergarten programs.
  • Compensation enhancements for all staff.
  • Expansion of community schools.
  • Additional investments in Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs.
  • Removing all testing costs to students for Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) programs.
  • Increased investments in technology and infrastructure.

“The FY24 proposed operating budget focuses on strengthening our course and shaping the future of our school system,” Superintendent Williams said. “It is centered on our core purpose of increasing achievement for all students. Delivering on this commitment means prioritizing investments in the most critical areas to ensure success moving forward.”

A Board public hearing on the budget will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 17, at 6:30 p.m., followed by a Board operating budget work session on Tuesday, Jan. 24, at 6:30 p.m. The Board is scheduled to adopt the budget at its Tuesday, Feb. 28, meeting at 6:30 p.m. 

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