Yesterday Howard County Executive (CE) rolled out his FY22 proposed operating budget and I thought it would be good to look at what is proposed this year vs the history.

Proposed FY22 funding for HCPSS from the CE: https://scotteblog.com/2021/04/20/howard-county-executive-proposes-1-88-billion-operating-budget-for-fy-2022-providing-record-633-million-for-schools/

Howard County Public Schools will receive $632.8 million in County funding in the proposed operating budget. County funding for FY 2022 is $20 million above the legislatively mandated Maintenance of Effort (MOE) level, the highest amount above MOE in the past seven years. The budget also includes $10 million in one-time County funding to reduce the HCPSS Health Fund deficit, potentially allowing for the elimination of the deficit by the end of 2022.

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Requested funding from the Howard County Board of Education for FY22: https://www.hcpss.org/f/aboutus/budget/fy22/fy22-board-requested-operating-budget.pdf?03-12

The primary source of revenue for the Howard County Public School System is the appropriation from the Howard County Government. The county funding of $670.4 million represents a Maintenance of Effort (MOE) level of funding of $602.7 million as provided for in State Law (based on a decrease of 1,630.75* students), $17.6 million in funding to hold the school system harmless for the aberrant decline in enrollment, one-time funding of $18.7 million to eliminate the deficit in the Heath Fund, plus a $31.4 million request to meet Board priorities, enrollment commitments and sustain existing service levels.

As you can see there is a $37.6 million gap in what the HoCoBOE requested and what the CE is proposing for FY22. If this is the final amount (the County Council may make additional adjustments to the final numbers) the school system will have a lot of work to do in order to address this in the HoCoBOE proposed budget.


Here is a look back at the summary in previous years:

FY2021: https://www.hcpss.org/f/aboutus/budget/fy21/fy21-board-approved-operating-budget.pdf

The primary source of revenue for the Howard County Public School System is the appropriation from the Howard County Government. The county allocation of $620.3 million represents a Maintenance of Effort (MOE) level of funding of $610.3 million as provided for in State Law (based on an increase of 981* students), plus $3.5 million to invest in educators and students, and $6.5 million for community support.

FY2020: https://www.hcpss.org/f/aboutus/budget/fy20/2020-board-approved-operating-budget-revised.pdf

The primary source of revenue for the Howard County Public School System is the appropriation from the Howard County Government. The county allocation of $607.2 million represents a Maintenance of Effort (MOE) level of funding of $592.7 million as provided for in State Law (based on an increase of 1,031* students), plus $7.2 million to protect our people and invest in educators and students, and $7.3 million for community support. In FY 2020, approximately 850 new students that are not part of the MOE calculation are projected to enroll in Howard County public schools.

FY2019: https://www.hcpss.org/f/aboutus/budget/fy19/2019-board-approved-operating-budget-revised.pdf

The primary source of revenue for the Howard County Public School System is the appropriation from the Howard County Government. The county allocation of $600.1 million represents a Maintenance of Effort (MOE) level of funding as provided for in State Law (based on an increase of 1,103.75* students), plus $11.4 million to protect our people and invest in educators and students and an additional $5.6 million to maintain class sizes at current levels. In FY 2019, approximately 1,150 new students that are not part of the MOE calculation are projected to enroll in Howard County public schools.

The recurring amount requested from the county is $589.0 million, with additional county funding of $11.1 million in one-time costs.

FY2018: https://www.hcpss.org/f/aboutus/budget/fy18/fy18-approved-operating-budget.pdf

The primary source of revenue for the Howard County Public School System is the appropriation from the Howard County Government. The county allocation of $572.9 million represents a Maintenance of Effort (MOE) level of funding as provided for in State Law (based on an increase of 745.25* students), plus $2.9 million to protect our people and invest in educators and students.

FY2017: https://www.hcpss.org/f/aboutus/budget/fy17/fy17-approved-operating-budget.pdf

The primary source of revenue for the Howard County Public School System is the appropriation from the Howard County Government. The county allocation of $562.2 million represents a Maintenance of Effort (MOE) level of funding as provided for in State Law (based on an increase of 1,061* students), plus $7 million, and instructional materials for 1,088 new students that are not part of the MOE calculation.

FY2016: https://www.hcpss.org/f/aboutus/2016-approved-budget.pdf

The county allocation of $544.1 million represents: Maintenance of Effort level of funding as provided for in State Law (based on an increase of 843.75* students), the shift of teachers’ retirement costs, expansion of the elementary world language program and Pre-K program resulting in an increase of $13.7 million or 2.6 percent.

FY2015: https://www.hcpss.org/f/aboutus/2015-approved-budget.pdf

The approved budget includes county funding of $530.4 million which represents the Maintenance of Effort level of funding as provided for in State Law (based on an increase of 674.5* students), includes funding to provide for the shift of teachers’ retirement costs, staff and resources needed to open Thomas Viaduct Middle School, and the Elementary School Model Initiative. County funding increases by $32.9 million or 6.6 percent.


I am looking at this in two ways in the following charts:

Total operating money provided to HCPSS from HoCoGov from 2015 – proposed 2022:

A look at the money provided if you remove the 1 time increases (a look at the baselines):

Keep in mind number of students in the school system drives the “MOE” number and we saw a significant drop in student enrollment this past year:

You can follow the FY22 budget process for HCPSS here: https://www.hcpss.org/about-us/budgets/fy22/

You can look at past HCPSS budgets here:  https://www.hcpss.org/about-us/budgets/budget-archive/

You can follow the HoCoGov budget process here: https://cc.howardcountymd.gov/Budget

Scott E

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  1. This is like saying the Nationals lost fewer games last year despite playing a shortened season. The gaslighting in this county has to stop!

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