2013-14 Budget Planning

To receive updates whenever new items are posted to the budget update webpage, please email cmiles@mcps.org and include "Budget" in the subject line.

Updated on May 9, 2013

The school board adopted an operating budget for 2013-2014 at their meeting on May 7. The budget document can be found online here.


Updated on April 26, 2013

The school board adopted a budget for public hearing at their work session on April 25. The budget document can be found online here. The public hearing will be held on Monday, May 29, at 7 p.m. at the County Government Center, 755 Roanoke Street in Christiansburg.


Updated on February 6, 2013

The Montgomery County School Board approved a preliminary budget proposal for submission to the Board of Supervisors. The $96 million preliminary budget proposal can be found online here. The budget will be presented to the Board of Supervisors at their meeting on February 11.


Updated on January 24, 2013

The Montgomery County School Board approved a preliminary budget for public hearing on January 22. The $96 million preliminary budget proposal can be found online here. The public hearing will be held on Tuesday, January 29, at 7 p.m. at the County Government Center, 755 Roanoke Street in Christiansburg.


Updated on January 15, 2013

The superintendent preseneted information to guide discussion regarding a preliminary budget during a special budget work session held on January 14. The presentation and associated information can be found online here


Updated on December 6, 2012

Public Forum Responses on Budget - Public input was collected as a part of the Budget Public Forum conducted on November 12. This document provides a summary of the responses collected.


Updated on November 26, 2012

The Montgomery County School Board discussed budget priorities during the November 20, 2012, school board meeting.

Preliminary Budget Priority List - Prior to the November 20 meeting, board members identified their preliminary budget priorities. This list indicates how many board members may support various budgetary measures. Following review of the comments provided at the November 12 public form, the priority list will be updated.


Updated on November 5, 2012

The Montgomery County School Board will hold a public forum to seek community input regarding budget priorities for the 2013-2014 budget year. Additional information about the forum is available online here

Two documents have been prepared to provide additional information for the forum:


Updated on October 1, 2012

Budget conversations are already beginning in Montgomery County Public Schools. Continuing reductions in state and federal funding along with increasing costs have put significant pressure on the division to determine how to continue to provide quality education to all students while stretching every dollar in the budget to maintain programs and buildings. To receive updates whenever new items are posted to the budget update webpage, please email cmiles@mcps.org and include "Budget" in the subject line.

In 2008, MCPS operated with a budget of $97 million. When adjusted for inflation this amount would be equivalent $104 million, $12 million less than the division currently has budgeted.

The operating budget for MCPS is $92 million for 2012-2013, $5 million less than what the division had in 2008. MCPS requested $96 million to maintain operations from the 2011-2012 school year, but only $92 million was allocated.  The budget gap caused the loss of 40 staff positions, elimination of the summer Governor's School, and an increase in walking distance for bus stops. In the coming year some of the reductions proposed but not enacted last year may be reconsidered including the pay-to-play initiative, the potential closing of one or more school buildings, and the elimination of additional positions throughout the division.

We anticipate that the school budget for next year may see an overall reduction of $200,000, but with estimated required additional costs well over $1 million for next year. Once again the school division will have to make difficult decisions that impact programs and services for students. 

To prevent further reductions and associated consequences, concerned citizens can communicate with their local and state legislators.  State legislators control making education funding a priority in Virginia. Local legislators need to know that you support options to increase revenue to support quality education for Montgomery County.

 

Virginia General Assembly

 

Montgomery County Board of Supervisors

How would a funding loss affect MCPS?

The division will be forced to make difficult choices, once again, if more educational funding is lost. A list of items considered and implemented for 2012-13 is available here.

How would increased funding affect MCPS? 

  • Restore lost programs for students
  • Re-implement initiatives that had to be cut due to the budget
  • Restore funding for enrichment activities, including athletics and field trips
  • Restore funds for instructional materials and educational support equipment
  • Restore positions that have been eliminated through budget cuts, including teachers, counselors, and tutors
  • Improve instructional programs
  • Provide necessary 21st Century technology to support classrooms
  • Adjust employee compensation to competitive salary levels in the region
  • Prevent further reductions