The Harford County Board of Education plans a business meeting January 27th featuring approval of an operating budget request for the fiscal year 2015. The Board also plans to recognize the HCPS students chosen as Maryland All-State musicians for the current school year.
First on the agenda, the Board will honor 19 student musicians who were chosen for a Maryland All-State band, chorus or orchestra for the 2013-14 school year. Expert judges selected the following HCPS students based on musical talent in competitive auditions that drew over 7,000 applicants statewide:
Maryland All-State Junior Band:
Nick Peretti – Horn, Bel Air Middle School
Maryland All-State Senior Band:
Braeden Travers – Percussion, C. Milton Wright High School
Maryland All-State Junior Chorus:
Holly Blondheim – Soprano, Edgewood High School
Madeline Saldana – Alto, North Harford High School
Kaitlyn Trexler – Alto, Fallston High School
Finn Bucci – Tenor, North Harford High School
Maryland All-State Senior Chorus:
Julia Scheinberg – Soprano I, North Harford High School
Delanie Blomquist – Alto, North Harford High School
Monica Bullock – Alto, North Harford High School
Angela Lacerna – Alto, Edgewood High School
Marvia Newson – Alto, Aberdeen High School
Tucker Barnes – Tenor, Havre de Grace High School
Michael Dzambasow – Tenor, Edgewood High School
Walter Litzenberger – Tenor, Aberdeen High School
Noah Courtney – Bass, Bel Air High School
Maryland All-State Junior Orchestra:
Catherine Huang – 2nd Violin, Aberdeen High School
Maryland All-State Senior Orchestra:
Caroline Huang – 2nd Violin, Bel Air High School
Benjamin Hubbard –Viola, Aberdeen High School
LeAnne Cetorelli – Bass Clarinet, C. Milton Wright High School
Next on the agenda is a presentation by Ryan Burbey, president of the Harford County Education Association, the bargaining union representing teachers. The union is also planning a “Day of Action” for January 27th, urging teachers via Facebook to attend the Board meeting to “demonstrate our frustrations arising out of the failure to honor HCPS employee contracts for four out of five years.”
On the consent agenda, the Board will approve the monthly report on personnel and an independent financial audit contract. No additional information was published for these agenda items.
Also on the consent agenda, the Board will approve a resolution in appreciation of employees who retired in the 2012-13 school year. Find a link to the complete list of retirees in agenda published below. The Board is also set to approve a resolution on Career and Technical Education Month (February) and National School Counseling Week (February 3rd – 7th).
Last, but not least, the Board is set to approve an operating budget request for the fiscal year 2015. In December, Interim Superintendent Barbara Canavan proposed a $457.5 million operating budget representing an increase of $32.7 million or 7.7% over the current (2014) fiscal year.
The proposed increase is comprised of $13.7 million for employee raises (subject to negotiation with the unions), a $10.1 million rise in the cost of employee benefits, plus a $8.9 million increase the “cost of doing business”. The latter includes mandated spending related to the state’s participation in the federal Race to the Top program, the Common Core State Standards, and PARCC assessments. It also includes hiring 70 teachers to reduce class size by restoring staffing to 2012-13 levels; restoring half of previous cuts to funding for library materials, and implementing certain science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) programs in the middle schools where they are not currently offered.
Board members may amend Canavan’s proposal before approving it as their own operating budget request. The request is subject to funding provided primarily by state and county government. State funding will be finalized with the state budget approved during the General Assembly Session that ends in April. Also in April, County Executive David Craig will set county funding levels for the school system as part of the recommended county budget he submits to the county council.
The Board business meeting is set to conclude with the superintendent’s report, provided by Interim Superintendent Canavan.
The January 27th meeting of the Harford County Board of Education is scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. in the A.A. Roberty Building in Bel Air. A public comment period is set for 7:10 p.m. The published agenda appears below. Please note that published agendas are subject to change.
Monday, January 27, 2014
Board Open Session – 5:25 PM – Board Room
Board Closed Session – 5:30 PM – Board Executive Conference Room
Board Business Meeting – 6:30 PM – Board Room
*Times are approximate
Call to Order – Mrs. Nancy Reynolds, President
Quorum Roll Call
Adoption of Agenda
Pledge of Allegiance
6:35 PM All-Eastern and All-State Student Musicians (Goal 2)
Presentation by Harford County Education Association (HCEA), Mr. Ryan Burbey, President
7:10 PM Public Comment
7:25 PM Board Committee Reports and Comments
7:40 PM A. Consent Agenda:
1) Minutes of Previous Board Meetings:
– January 8 2014
– January 13, 2014
– January 15, 2014
2) Independent Financial Audit Firm Contract (Goal 4)
3) Monthly Report on Personnel (Goal 3)
4) Resolutions (Goal 2)
– Retired Employees
– Career and Technical Education Month
– National Counseling Week
7:45 PM B.
Decision on Harford County Board of Education FY15 Operating Budget (Goals 1-4)
8:15 PM C. Superintendent’s Report
8:25 PM Future Meetings Review