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School System Holding Public Hearing on Superintendent's Operating Budget

The hearing is scheduled for Tuesday night at West Towson Elementary School.

Baltimore County residents have the opportunity to sound off on school system Superintendent Dallas Dance's proposed fiscal year 2014 operating budget.

A public hearing for the budget, which Dance introduced to the Board of Education on Jan. 8, is scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday at West Towson Elementary School.

The $1.3 billion request—a $41.9 million increase from the previous year—is notable for its plan to add approximately 100 teaching positions to the existing 8,792, and six guidance counselor positions to the existing 269.

Former Superintendent Joe Hairson, who retired in June 2012, cut 194 teaching positions from the fiscal year 2012 budget.

Those wishing to speak can sign up at the school starting at 6 p.m. on the day of the hearing, according to a school system news release. Each speaker will be alloted 3 minutes.

M. Sullivan January 14, 2013 at 08:11 PM
Is that his high school yearbook picture?
DJ Groove January 14, 2013 at 09:10 PM
What input does the public have in these proposed budgets?
Nayana Davis (Editor) January 14, 2013 at 09:27 PM
At this stage, it's only a budget proposal so my understanding is that this hearing is to solicit feedback from the public.
Rob D January 15, 2013 at 04:46 PM
What a colossal waste of money. I can't believe the county is spending $1,300,000,000 of our money to "educate" just 107,000 students. That's more than $12,000 per student. Guess where all that money is going. What's that, you say? Teachers? Nice thought, but no. Half of it is tied up in overhead and administration. According to the BCPS website, they've got 8,850 teachers and 8,150 other employees. So for every 10 teachers, there are 9 administrators and support staffers. Great ratio. That's the hallmark of a sound plan for educating kids, for sure. Aren't you glad the government is taking even more of our money in 2013? They are such good stewards of our hard-earned dollars, after all.
Sanchez January 15, 2013 at 04:52 PM
They take such good care of our largess they seem to require more and more every year.
DJ Groove January 15, 2013 at 05:11 PM
I'd be curious to know the percentage that the teacher's union gets vs. the rest (admin/support). Do we have dollar figures on that?
M. Sullivan January 15, 2013 at 06:49 PM
Administrative salaries are budgeted to increase 26.1%, middle level administrative salaries increase 2.4%, while instructional salaries increase 1%. What's wrong with this picture?
Lily January 15, 2013 at 09:37 PM
I read through it and did not get the same thing. I'm not sure where you are getting a 26% increase from. Do you have a page number for that.
M. Sullivan January 15, 2013 at 09:46 PM
Look on page 16, The Executive Summary.
Lily January 15, 2013 at 09:50 PM
Page 31 has a nice chart if you want to see what type of employees BCPS has. It looks to me like most of the employees paid out of the general fund are people working at schools. There is a lot more to the school system than just teachers. It's a whole mini government. It has to be if you think about what they do.
Lily January 15, 2013 at 10:05 PM
I see it. That does seem like a large increase. Maybe someone will ask about that. For me I'd like to know how it is that the magnet program doesn't have more details laid out in the 288 page budget given that it's such a large program.
JD1 January 16, 2013 at 05:06 AM
Paying an outside firm to develop the so called "world class" curriculum is an absolute joke. Somebody's pal is gonna get rich off of Baltimore tax payers. This is why throwing huge amounts of $$ into education doesn't work. As soon as the money comes in, outside vendors find ways to take it and the kids never see the benefit.
M. Sullivan January 16, 2013 at 08:59 AM
Why do they need an outside firm to develop this "world class" curriculum when they have all these highly paid administrators?
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