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MCPS FY17 Operating Budget Information – Let Your Voice Be Heard

MCPS FY17 Operating Budget

From the Sherwood HS website:

Interim Superintendent Larry Bowers’ proposed Fiscal Year 2017 Operating Budget is intended to strengthen the school system’s foundation, which has been squeezed by eight years of difficult economic times.  The recommended budget increase is a modest 4.5 percent, which will pay for the same level of services for more than 2,500 new students and includes limited investments to improve students’ literacy and math skills; build the cultural proficiency of staff; foster stronger partnerships with the community and families to support students; and better organize the district to ensure every student is prepared for college and careers.  MCPS needs full funding of its budget this year to prevent further cuts and to begin reinvesting in education.  Anything less than full funding would likely require further cuts that could impact every school.

Be sure to share your ideas and views on the importance of funding the MCPS operating budget with our elected Montgomery County officials–the Montgomery County Board of Education, the County Executive, and the Montgomery County Council–through emails, letters, short videos, and testimonials.  The Board of Education will be holding two public hearings on the budget recommendation:  the first was Thursday, January 7; the second is Thursday, January 14.

Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett will be holding five budget forums in January to seek input from residents about the county’s FY 2017 budget priorities.  The remaining forums, which begin at 7 p.m., are scheduled as follows:

  • January 11, Bethesda-Chevy Chase Regional Services Center, 4805 Edgemoor Lane, Bethesda
  • January 20, Silver Spring Regional Services Center, One Veterans Place, Silver Spring
  • January 21, Mid-County Community Recreation Center, 2004 Queensguard Road, Silver Spring
  • January 25, BlackRock Center for the Arts, 12901 Town Commons Drive, Germantown

Five Education Budget Meetings, presented by Montgomery County Councilmember Craig Rice, MCPS Interim Superintendent Larry Bowers, and Montgomery College President DeRionne Poliard, are scheduled for February and March.  Find out how budget decisions are made, what the county is doing today to get ready for FY 2017 and beyond, and the opportunities residents have to influence budget decisions.  The meetings will take place from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the following locations:

  • February 17, Montgomery College (Germantown Campus), BE Building. Room 151, 20200 Observation Drive, Germantown
  • February 24, Albert Einstein High School, 11135 Newport Mill Road, Kensington
  • March 9, Gaithersburg High School, 101 Education Boulevard, Gaithersburg
  • March 16, Col. Zadok Magruder High School, 5939 Muncaster Mill Road, Rockville
  • March 23, Thomas S. Wootton High School, 2100 Wootton Pkwy., Rockville

The County Executive will announce his Recommended FY 2017 Operating Budget on March 15.  In April, the County Council will hold public hearings and approve the operating budget at the end of May.

19th Annual Distinguished Service Awards

Do you know any individuals (including students), groups, and organizations that have made outstanding contributions to public education in Montgomery County?  If so, consider nominating them for a Distinguished Service to Public Education Award!  The Montgomery County Board of Education established the awards, now in it’s 19th year, to recognize and show appreciation for exemplary contributions to public education and to MCPS.  Nomination forms are available online at  Completed nomination forms will be due in February.

2016-2017 School Year Calendar

The Montgomery County Board of Education has approved the calendar for the 2016-2017 school year.  School will begin on Monday, August 29, 2016, and is scheduled to end on Friday, June 16, 2017.  The calendar was developed in partnership with the Montgomery County Council of PTA’s, the school district’s three employee associations and the Montgomery County Region of Maryland Association of Student Councils, as well as other community members and school system leadership.  The calendar can be found on the MCPS website at and will soon be available in seven languages–Amharic, Chinese, English, French, Korean, Spanish, and Vietnamese.

PIMA Award

Do you know a parent who is making a positive impact in MCPS?  Now is the time to nominate him or her for the Maryland Parent Involvement Matters Award, which recognizes parents who have made significant contributions to a local public school system.  The award is sponsored by the Maryland State Department of Education.  Visit for more information.  The deadline is January 29, 2016.

SHS December 2015 Newsletter With Dates and Information

Welcome back after the Winter Break! The end of the first semester ends on Thursday, January 14, with the semester exam review day. The first day of exams is Friday, January 15th. The full schedule as well as other important information is included in the December newsletter that was mailed out in December.

If you would like to have an electronic version of the December 2015 Newsletter or have lost it, please click the link below.

SHS December 2015 Newsletter


SSL Information

Please note that the first semester completed SSL forms are due no later than this Friday, January 8th. 

According to the information on pages 5-6 of the newsletter, the completed SSL forms should be placed in the SSL box outside the Counseling Office.