Thursday, April 25, 2013
The school system went back to the drawing board this week to find another $4.7 million in cuts.
School Superintendent Stephen Guthrie said $4.7 million had to be cut from the board of education's proposed fiscal year 2014 budget, based on the fiscal year 2014 county budget discussed by the commissioners Tuesday. Guthrie presented a scenario that includes cutting approximately $4.7 million from the $166.6 million budget the board of education submitted to the county commissioners. The following cuts are in the proposed budget: "I did not want to go any deeper with [cuts to] teachers, assistants, custodians," Guthrie said. "In total we've made over $7 million in reductions for next year." Commissioner Howard said that he doesn't think it's fair that the county gets all the blame for education funding shortfalls. He said there have …
Wednesday, March 6, 2013
Patch highlights the arguments for and against different funding levels. Weigh in on our poll or in comments to let us know how you want to see education funded.
Funding education has been an explosive topic in Carroll County for the past several months, heating up the past few weeks as education forums and town halls have been held all over town by both the Board of Education and the Board of County Commissioners. Carroll County Public School Superintendent Stephen Guthrie presented his proposed FY14 budget in December and the Board of Education recently adopted the budget. In FY13, the county funded the school system at $164.9 million. The Board of Education is requesting $166.6 million from the county for FY14, a $1.7 million, or approximately one percent increase over FY13. During last year's budgeting session, the commissioners allotted $164 million for school funding in FY14. Then, there …
Thursday, February 28, 2013
Carroll County officials, Maryland's governor say sequestration would take a toll on jobs and morale.
Gov. Martin O’Malley said Wednesday that Congress’s inability to compromise on budget cuts has led to a situation where across-the-board cuts could slow Maryland’s economic growth. O’Malley said in a news conference that 12,000 jobs could be lost statewide due to sequestration. Without action from Congress, the sequester would go into effect automatically on March 1, reducing spending in education, the environment, health, military and law enforcement. Local leaders say that it's difficult to gauge how the sequester will impact Carroll County, although many agree that it will. Del. Justin Ready said that Carroll County residents employed by the federal government could be impacted. "It is hard to know just how far-reaching the sequester …
Wednesday, January 23, 2013
The superintendent of schools will hold an operating budget hearing following the Board of Education meeting tonight.
The Board of Education of Carroll County will meet on Wednesday, Jan. 23 followed by a budget hearing and board work session. These meetings will be held in the Charles I. Ecker Boardroom at the Board of Education offices, 125 North Court Street in Westminster. The public is welcome to attend. The Board of Education of Carroll County will meet in closed session at 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, January 23, 2013 in accordance with Section 10-508 of the Annotated Code of Maryland to discuss matters that affect one or more specific individuals. Information in this post was taken from a Board of Education news release.
Thursday, January 10, 2013
The proposed FY14 school budget includes an additional $1.7 million from county government.
At Wednesday's regularly scheduled Board of Education meeting, School Superintendent Stephen Guthrie presented his proposed FY14 budget, which includes cutting 20.5 custodial positions and asking the county commissioners for a one percent funding increase. Guthrie said that the costs for state and federal mandates coupled with inflation make it difficult to balance the budget when revenues are not also increasing. "This is not what I think we need," Guthrie said. "This is what we are lacking ... these are the mandates that we are not addressing." The proposed budget includes $2.6 million in spending reductions. Guthrie's proposed FY14 operating budget totals $330,214,129. According to Guthrie, inflationary expenses that include employee …
Tuesday, January 8, 2013
Patch highlights CCPS news and events.
Important Dates Board of Education Meeting The Board of Education of Carroll County will hold its regular monthly meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 9, at 5 p.m. The meeting will be held in the Charles I. Ecker Boardroom at the Board of Education offices, located at 125 North Court Street in Westminster. There will be time for citizen participation at this meeting. The public is encouraged to attend. The agenda and back-up materials for the Board meeting are available for review on www.carrollk12.org. Budget Hearings The dates for public presentation, review, and input to the operating budget for the Carroll County Public School System for the 2013 - 2014 school year are listed below: Wednesday, Jan. 9 at 5 p.m.: Presentation of Superintendent's …
Wednesday, January 2, 2013
Patch highlights important dates and information about Carroll County Public Schools.
Jan. 9 Board of Education Meeting The Board of Education of Carroll County will hold its regular monthly meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 9 at 5 p.m. The meeting will be held in the Charles I. Ecker Boardroom at the Board of Education offices, located at 125 North Court Street in Westminster. There will be time for citizen participation at this meeting. The public is encouraged to attend. The agenda and back-up materials for the Board meeting will be available for review on BoardDocs, which may be accessed by visiting the school system's website at www.carrollk12.org and clicking on Board of Education Meeting Agenda and Documents on the home page. The meeting will be streamed live on the Carroll County Public Schools website at www.carrollk12…
Thursday, December 27, 2012
Patch highlights news and updates from Carroll County Public Schools.
Geography Bee – Charles Carroll and Westminster Elementary Schools This is the 25th year that the National Geographic Society has sponsored the National Geographic Bee for students in grades 4-8 in thousands of schools across the United States and in the five U.S. territories, as well as in Department of Defense Dependents Schools around the world. The winner of each school Bee will advance to the next level of competition – a written examination to determine state competitors. All school winners are eligible to win the national championship and its first place prize, a $25,000 college scholarship, at the national competition in Washington, D.C. Students at Charles Carroll and Westminster Elementary Schools will be participating in the …
Friday, December 21, 2012
The Board of County Commissioners voted 4-1 to give the Board of Education $650,000 to complete security projects.
The Board of County Commissioners has voted to give the Board of Education (BOE) additional funding to accelerate existing school access security projects. In an email to parents earlier this week, School Superintendent Stephen Guthrie said that the school system has been adding controlled entry access to county schools over the past several years. Following the school schooting in Connecticut last week, the Board of Education asked the commissioners for additional funding to accelerate these projects in order to complete controlled entry point projects at all schools more quickly. According to a county government news release, the board of education requested $300,000 to complete projects in the schools deemed to have the highest need for…
Thursday, December 20, 2012
Patch highlights Carroll County Public Schools events and information.
Important Dates Project ACES Logo Design Winner – Robert Moton Elementary School Phoebe Zaranski, a fourth grade student at Robert Moton Elementary School, designed the winning logo in the 2012 Project ACES Logo Design Contest. The logo she designed will be used for next year’s Project ACES brochure and on tee shirts that will be distributed to participants in 2013. All fourth grade students in the school system were eligible to enter the contest through their health teachers. Prom Fashion Show – Century High School Century High School’s Junior Class (Class of 2014), in partnership with Déjà vu Boutique in Mt. Airy, will be hosting a Prom Fashion Show on Saturday, Jan. 5, from 6-9 p.m. at Century High School. Students going to the prom …