Superintendent Robert M. Tomback said at a school board meeting Monday that his proposed operating budget for Harford County Public Schools contains no increase over the current fiscal year and no new programs or initiatives for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2011. Tomback said some funding would be shifted next year to meet certain obligations and that his budget objectives were threefold; to preserve the integrity of the educational program for students, to preserve jobs and to preserve employee benefits.
Tomback provided few details in introducing his first budget proposal as superintendent and there were no questions from board members in attendance. In a departure from previous practice, numerical data and a broad overview of budget categories were not included as part of the initial public presentation.
School Board President Mark Wolkow said the school board would review the budget in detail in the coming weeks.
The full budget document, totaling about 500 pages, will be posted on line shortly at hcps.org. The first public hearing on the proposed budget is planned for January 11, 2010 at 6:30 p.m. in the HCPS A.A. Roberty Building in Bel Air.