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5 Things to Know About Proposed School Budget Hearing

Tune in Tuesday night for live-blogging from the hearing that will discuss funding needs for fiscal year 2013.

Residents hoping to voice their concerns about the can do just that Tuesday night in a public hearing at in Millersville.

Set to begin at 7 p.m. Tuesday, residents can sign up for a chance to speak at 6 p.m. but must keep their presentations to three minutes or less, according to the school board’s website. 

Patch will be live-blogging throughout the hearing, providing updates on the public’s response to the proposed budget. Check back closer to 7 p.m. to follow our live blog.

Here’s a brief look at the proposed school budget for fiscal year 2013 and how it affects families in south county.

  • Superintendent Kevin Maxwell seeks to add 62 new teaching positions to address the class size issues throughout Anne Arundel County.
  • The funding of will be covered by $4 million in “salary savings from all employee groups,” and other savings accrued through “sound fiscal management,” according to a release from Anne Arundel County Public Schools.
  • The proposed budget seeks to fully fund $33.8 million in salary increases for teachers. Patch previously reported that John Hammond, budget officer for the county, called the request “unrealistic” and said for pay increases.
  • The proposed budget contains $9 million of funding to enclose open space classrooms at and . In fact, the open space classroom enclosure project ranks third on the priority list.
  • About $16 million of the proposal’s $41.4 million increase in the county’s share of the budget is due to both a rise in student population and the county failing to pay its fair share in the  (MOE) law, Maxwell said. The MOE requires the county to pay at least as much as the previous year in per-student spending in order to keep school funding stable.

Tell us what you think about the proposed budget and what you think should be a priority for funding.

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