Superintendent Tomback Proposes Flat FY11 Budget for Harford County Public Schools

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.

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  1. Elaine says

    This guy is the highest paid public employee in Harford County by far and this is all the public gets? What is going on? He’s not kidding when he said “I can’t be Jackie Haas.” What exactly is he doing?

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    • Cdev says

      What do you mean all the public gets? A budget proposal with him getting the least amount of money required by law what would make you happy? Schools that cost nothing to run?

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      • Elaine says

        How about a little explanation for the money school system is getting? It is 50% of the county budget. Can you explain how charter schools manage to operate on much smaller budgets than the school sytems and be succesful? It really isn’t all about the money.

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        • Cdev says

          Charter schools usually few of the special ed population. Look at how much goes to non-public placements. It is astonding!

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    • Tracy says

      Thank Goodness he is not at all like Jackie….. She sure had people snowed in Harford County thats for sure….believe it or not, most principals and educators in the system did not approve or support her at all…if you said anything against her she made sure she put the screws to you….He is already getting rid of pointless and meaningless jobs at the end of this school year that were created by Jackie for her doctorate…thats right…Harford County was her pawn…those jobs cost millions so once again THANK GOONESS HE IS NOT JACKIE!!!!

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      • DW says

        I gotta agree with you on that one. Most teachers I know did not like her and did not agree with a lot of her policies (and several frequently wondered how she ever got the superintendent job in the first place.)

        Granted, anyone in a leadership position is going to make decisions that someone doesn’t like, but I always found it interesting how few teachers had many positive things to say about her.

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