Superintendent George Arlotto will present his recommended operating and capital budgets for Fiscal Year 2020 at the next meeting of the Board of Education of Anne Arundel County, scheduled for 7 p.m. on Wednesday, December 19, 2018. The meeting will be held in the Board Room at the Parham Building, located at 2644 Riva Road in Annapolis.
The budgets chart the course for the school system for the coming fiscal year, which begins July 1, 2019. The Board will conduct two public hearings and a public workshop on the budget before adopting a budget request to forward to County Executive Steuart Pittman in February. The County Executive’s proposal will be considered by the County Council before it adopts an operating budget that allocates funding within state-established categories and a capital budget that prescribes funding for school construction projects in June. In the operating budget, the Board retains ability to shift funding within categories before it approves a final school system budget no later than June 30.
The Board will meet in a public session at 5 p.m. for the sole purpose of voting to immediately go into closed session, during which time it will discuss confidential matters as permitted by the Maryland Open Meetings Act including, but not limited to, legal advice, personnel, and negotiations. Closed session is not open to the public. The public session of the meeting will resume at 7 p.m.
At the meeting, the Board will also discuss the proposed cell tower project at Shady Side Elementary School and adopt its 2019 Legislative Program, which establishes positions on legislation that may come before the General Assembly.
A complete agenda for the meeting accompanies this news release. More information on agenda items will be posted on the AACPS website in the Board Docs section under the Board of Education tab.
The general session of Wednesday’s Board meeting will be broadcast live on AACPS-TV, which can be found on Channel 96 on Comcast and Broadstripe, and Channel 36 on Verizon. High definition broadcasts can be seen on Channel 996 on Comcast, Channel 496 on Broadstripe, and Channel 1961 on Verizon. Rebroadcasts are scheduled for 7:00 p.m. the day after the meeting and 2:00 p.m. on subsequent Sundays.
BUDGET HEARINGS, WORKSHOP
The Board of Education has scheduled two public hearings and a public workshop on Dr. Arlotto’s budget recommendation. Public hearings will be held on Tuesday, January 8, 2019, at Old Mill High School, and Thursday, January 10, 2019, in the Board Room at the Parham Building in Annapolis. Both hearings begin at 6 p.m. Those wishing to testify can sign up beginning at 5 p.m. Testimony will be limited to three minutes per person.
The Board will also hold a public workshop on Dr. Arlotto’s budget recommendation at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, January 15, 2019, in the Board Room at the Parham Building. No public testimony will be taken at the workshop or at the February 20, 2019, meeting at which the Board is scheduled to adopt the budget. Should the Board offer amendments at the February 20 meeting, testimony will be taken on the amendments.