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.

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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