The Harford County Board of Education voted 6 to 1 to approve a budget for next year containing 2% salary cuts for all HCPS employees. The vote came at a board business meeting Monday in Bel Air. Board Member Don Osman cast the only no vote, citing opposition to the salary cuts.
But the move by the school board is far from the last word on the FY11 budget, because funding from state and local government is not yet known.
The school board’s recommended budget goes next to County Executive David Craig, who will hold a series of public hearings on the county budget later this month. Craig will set local funding levels and as state funding is determined, the school board will realign their recommended budget accordingly. Added to the mix are salary negotiations, which occur concurrently with the budget process.
The final county budget, which includes the budget for public schools, will go to the Harford County Council for approval in late May. The council may cut, but cannot add to the overall county budget.
Finally, the schools’ budget will return to the school board for one last approval before the start of the new fiscal year on July 1, 2010.
Here are the details of the upcoming county budget hearings:
- Monday, January 25, 2010 at Edgewood High School on Willoughby Beach Road in Edgewood beginning at 6:00 p.m.
- Tuesday, January 26, 2010 in the auditorium of C. Milton Wright High School, beginning at 6:00 p.m.