The Harford County Board of Education will discuss the proposed operating budget for next year at a series of board work sessions planned for January 2nd, 14th, and 16th in Bel Air. Public comment will be heard at the beginning of each session, followed by a board discussion of the fiscal year 2014 operating budget proposed by Superintendent Robert Tomback. The work sessions will begin at 6:00 p.m. in the boardroom at the A.A. Roberty Building.
Superintendent Tomback has proposed an unrestricted operating budget totaling $442,872,460, which is an increase of $15.1 million or 3.5% over the current fiscal year. The increase is comprised of $6.3 million for salaries, $6.6 million for employee benefits and a $2.2 million increase in cost of doing business.
Tomback presented his budget proposal to the school board on December 17th following a pair of public input sessions that drew calls for technological parity among county schools, increased funding for library materials and higher teacher salaries, among other requests.
The school board may choose to amend Tomback’s proposal before adopting it as the board’s proposed budget in a vote expected by the end of the month. The board’s proposed budget will then be submitted to Harford County Executive David Craig, who has until April 15th to recommend his county budget to the county council for funding approval. For more information about the operating budget process for HCPS, please go to www.hcps.org/budget.