Montgomery schools chief unveils budget
Montgomery County schools Superintendent Jerry D. Weast opened what is likely to be a contentious budgeting season Wednesday morning by proposing a budget increase that is the minimum required by a state law.
But the proposal, a budget of $2.16 billion for fiscal 2012 -- an increase of $60 million over current levels -- is unlikely to survive all the way to spring, when it is finalized. This year the county obtained a waiver to fund schools below state minimums, and County Council President Valerie Ervin (D-Silver Spring) called for a change to the law Monday.
Montgomery expects enrollment to grow by more than 3,300 students next year, up to more than 147,000 total, so even a flat budget would require cuts somewhere. Enrollment growth in ordinary times means having to hire more teachers and support staff to maintain class sizes and services.
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