Superintendent Kelly Griffith responded to the Talbot County Council initial budget appropriation at the Public Budget Hearing on May 2nd.
The Talbot County Council appropriated 98.4% of the FY18 TCPS Budget request. While this is $810,908 less than the FY18 budget approved by the TCPS Board of Education, it is an increase over the FY17 Budget and Maintenance of Effort. If final approval of the Talbot County Council's proposed budget is given, $810,908 will need to be cut from the TCPS approved FY18 Budget. Although cuts will be extremely difficult, I am grateful to the Talbot County Council for listening to the needs of the school system and proposing to override the voter imposed Property Tax Revenue Cap. This is authorized by State Law in order to fund education expenses only. I am hopeful for continued collaboration with the County Council, focusing on the evolving needs of Talbot County and our public school system. I am encouraged by our honest discussions and the Council's solution-based approach to funding education.
Kelly L Griffith Ed.D
Superintendent of Schools
The Talbot County Council will meet on Tuesday May 23, 2017 at 4:00 PM to vote to approve the FY18 Budget.