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The Superintendent and staff develop the Superintendent's Proposed Operating Budget each year. The process begins in October and is finished after the school system receives final revenue numbers from the state.
During the development process, the Superintendent and staff keep the Board apprised of estimated revenues from the State and local governments. In February, the Superintendent presents a draft of the budget to the Board in a regularly scheduled meeting. These presentations are made even though the final revenues from the State may still be unknown. Typically in February of each year, the Superintendent presents a balanced budget at a public hearing. At that point, the budget becomes the Board of Education's Proposed Budget.
The Board must then approve the budget for submission to the Calvert County Board of County Commissioners.
Public comment is accepted by the Board until it adopts the budget. Public comment can be submitted in writing through email or traditional postal delivery. In addition, there is public comment time available at each regular business meeting of the Board of Education.
The Board considers all public comment and its own priorities as it considers changes to the proposed budget as presented by the Superintendent. Once the budget is approved by the Board, it is forwarded to the County government for inclusion in the County's budget.
After the County approves its budget, the Board of Education gives final approval and the Board of Education's Adopted Operating Budget is printed and posted on the website.