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ANNE ARUNDEL COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION: Board of Education Reschedules Public Budget Hearing Canceled by Inclement Weather for January 27, 2020


By Press release submission | Jan 13, 2020

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Anne Arundel County Board of Education issued the following announcement on Jan. 8.

The Board of Education’s public hearing on Superintendent George Arlotto’s recommended Fiscal Year 2021 operating and capital budgets canceled by inclement weather on January 7 has been rescheduled for January 27.

The hearing will take place at 6:30 p.m. at Old Mill High School. Those wishing to sign up may do so beginning at 5:30 p.m.

The Board’s first public hearing on Dr. Arlotto’s recommended budget will take place tomorrow, January 9, in the Board Room at the Parham Building in Annapolis. That hearing also begins at 6:30 p.m., with signups beginning at 5:30 p.m. for those wishing to testify.

Testimony at both hearings will be limited to three minutes per person.

Dr. Arlotto’s recommended $1.36 billion operating budget for Fiscal Year 2021 includes 195 additional classroom teaching positions to address near historic enrollment increases and reduce class sizes as well as compensation increases for employees.

More than 91 percent of the new positions in Dr. Arlotto’s recommendation are for employees who will have daily contact with students. The recommendation also contains 20 teaching assistants and permanent substitute positions, 11.2 cultural arts teaching positions, and two elementary reading/language arts teachers.

Fifty-seven positions will go to staff the new Crofton High School, which will open in September for students in grades 9 and 10. More positions will be allocated as the school adds a grade in each of the next two years.

AACPS is educating approximately 1,700 more students this year than it did just a year ago, the greatest year-to-year increase in about 30 years.

Dr. Arlotto’s recommendation also funds nine additional school counselors, two additional school psychologists, and an additional social worker to help meet the social and emotional needs of students. It also contains funding for 73.3 special and alternative education positions, 15 English Language Acquisition teachers, five bilingual teaching assistants, and two bilingual facilitators.

Elementary schools in the four clusters still without the innovative Triple E program – Arundel, Old Mill, Severna Park, and South River – would receive staffing and funding for the program under Dr. Arlotto’s recommendation. Positions would also be allocated to implement the program at Richard Henry Lee and Oakwood elementary schools, which could not begin the program this year due to constructed-related constraints.

Original source can be found here.

Source: Anne Arundel County Board of Education

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