In case you missed it, you can still watch the superintendent's virtual community conversation on the Fiscal Year 2020 recommended operating budget online at

During the December 18 discussion, Superintendent Jack R. Smith, MCPS staff, and community partners answered questions on the budget and stressed the importance of its focus on student classrooms and schools, including the key bodies of work; improving programs; increasing access to strong academic and career opportunities; extending learning; providing language opportunities; focusing on physical, social and psychological well-being; hiring and retaining an effective and diverse workforce; and strengthening operational excellence.

Now that Dr. Smith has presented his recommendation, the timeline for the FY 2020 Operating Budget is as follows:

  • January 9 and January 14, 2019:  Board of Education holds operating budget hearings
  • January 16, 2019:  State releases budget
  • January 17 and 24, 2019:  Board of Education holds operating budget work sessions
  • February 12, 2019:  Board takes action on the recommended operating budget

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