To the Citizens of Talbot County,
On June 1, 2017, the Talbot County Board of Education approved the FY 2018 budget after having to cut $810,947 from the original budget request. This budget reflects our commitment to the Bridge of Excellence Master Plan, to the 2020 Vision Strategic Plan, and to the children of Talbot County.
The budget development process was both engaging and transparent as each school principal and department supervisor justified every dollar requested. This process enabled the Superintendent, the Board of Education, and the general public to closely examine priorities for all dollars requested. After a thorough evaluation of state and federal mandates, including the continued implementation for the State of Maryland’s College and Career Ready Standards, the Board was able to include the required additional technology and infrastructure to support these mandates.
Overall, the operating revenues of the general unrestricted budget will increase by 2.71% or $1,357,828. This increase will help us to meet the needs of each student attending the Talbot County Public School system. The Board of Education would like to thank the Talbot County Council for securing additional revenue sources to be able to provide funding above maintenance of effort in the category of “non-recurring costs”.
We are grateful for the community support, the educational partnerships, and the overall commitment of staff during the budget process. Together we will address the challenges for higher academic standards and create essential conditions for learning to ensure each child will graduate college and career ready!
Kelly L. Griffith, Ed.D.
Superintendent Kelly Griffith responded to
the Talbot County Council initial budget appropriation at the Public
Budget Hearing on May 2nd.