March 1, 2022
For Immediate Release
UPPER MARLBORO, MD – The Prince George’s County Board of Education has approved a $2.6 billion budget request for fiscal year 2023, focusing on investments in educational and operational improvements for Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS) through transformation, equity and innovation.
Chief Executive Officer Dr. Monica Goldson’s revised spending plan includes a $7.2 million decrease for both revenues and expenditures due to lower than projected state unrestricted revenue.
The budget proposal reflects Board of Education priorities, supports the Transformation 2026 strategic plan and addresses strategies for closing funding shortfalls based on the nearly 9,000-student enrollment gap.
The strategic plan includes five focus areas: Academic Innovation, Transformational Workforce, Organizational Learning Culture, Safe and Supportive Environments and Infrastructure and Operational Enhancements.
Budget priorities for the 2022-23 school year include:
Mitigate impact of interruption of student instruction
Maintain one-to-one student technology
Increase substitute teacher pay rates
Provide student mental health supports and resources
Increase funding and staffing for school maintenance
The budget also includes the redesign of five alternative schools — Annapolis Road, Green Valley, Croom, Tall Oaks, Community Based Classroom. The redesign does not eliminate services to students, but increases services and expands the programs to include sixth through eighth grade students.
The process for developing and adopting the budget included significant public input. The Board of Education hosted three public hearings and public work sessions. An online survey was also available to solicit community input on budget priorities.
The Board of Education approved the revised proposal at its Thursday, Feb. 24 meeting. State law requires the school board to approve and transmit its FY 2023 Board of Education Annual Operating Budget Request to the County Executive by Tuesday, March 1. The Board will reconcile the budget after the County Council finalizes its appropriations.