• News Release: Building Pride, Students First: CEO Proposes $2.3B Operating Budget

    News Release: Building Pride, Students First: CEO Proposes $2.3B Operating Budget

    December 12, 2019
    For Immediate Release
    Office of Communications

    UPPER MARLBORO, MD - Chief Executive Officer Dr. Monica Goldson unveiled a $2.3 billion operating budget proposal for fiscal year 2021 with a focus on student services and new academic programs in Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS).

    The budget proposal invests in a universal meals program at 45 community schools that will provide free breakfast, lunch and supper to approximately 31,360 students. Other highlights include a new middle school language immersion program, Career and Technical Education enhancements and expanded mental health supports in every school. The plan also meets last year’s commitment to salary increases for educators, administrators and support staff, improving the school system’s efforts to recruit and retain high-quality employees.

    “All families have the same dream for their child: a quality education that nurtures their talents and propels their dreams into reality. These budget investments prioritize our students’ diverse needs and our commitment to attracting and keeping the best and brightest employees,” said Dr. Goldson. “By supporting students in and outside of the classroom, we prepare the next generation for the world beyond our schoolhouse doors.”

    The budget proposal focuses on five key areas: academic excellence ($15.7 million), high-performing workforce ($94.2 million); safe and supportive environments ($6.9 million), family and community engagement ($2.9 million) and organizational effectiveness ($1.2 million). 

    This school year, enrollment increased by 4,000 students — an historic single-year high — continuing a seven-year growth trend. 

    PGCPS has continued its commitment to transparency and organizational effectiveness in FY21 by making $8 million in cuts across various programs. Since the beginning of her tenure, Dr. Goldson has cut nearly $30 million from central office functions and invested these resources in employees, students and programs. 

    The CEO’s proposal is the first step of the budget cycle. Public hearings will begin in January. The Board of Education is expected to adopt the budget request in February and submit the request to the County Executive for approval by March 1. The County Council will consider the budget for approval in May.

    Additional details on the budget request are below. For more information, visit www.pgcps.org/budget.

    CEO’s Proposed Fiscal Year 2021 Operating Budget Highlights

    High-Performing Workforce ($94.2 million increase):

    • Meets commitments for current agreements with PGCEA, ASASP, ACE/AFSCME, SEIU
    • Prioritizes new salary increases to make PGCPS competitive with neighboring jurisdictions

    Academic Excellence ($15.7 million increase):

    • Special Education supports
    • Universal early childhood center
    • Career and Technical Education program enhancements
    • Middle school language immersion program

    Safe and Supportive Environments ($6.9 million increase):

    • Expanded mental health supports for students and families
    • Middle school safety and security
    • Additional maintenance staff to address aging infrastructure

    Family and Community Engagement ($2.9 million increase): 

    • New universal meal program at all community schools (breakfast, lunch, supper)
    • Additional background check sites and improved school websites

    Organizational Effectiveness ($1.2 million increase): 

    • Specialized professional development
    • Modernized business processes and audit compliance enhancements
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    About PGCPS:  Prince George's County Public Schools (PGCPS), the nation's 20th largest school district, has 206 schools and centers, more than 136,500 students and 22,000 employees. Under the leadership of Dr. Monica Goldson, the school system serves a diverse student population from urban, suburban and rural communities located in the Washington, DC suburbs. PGCPS is nationally recognized for college and career-readiness programs that provide students with unique learning opportunities, including dual enrollment and language immersion.