$550.1 million is the total of the recommended fiscal 2015 operating budget for the Frederick County Board of Education. "It's going to be tough because we have to rely on state and county funds, " said Brad Young, board member. "We're at a point now where, ultimately, we can't make decisions. We have an estimate as to what it will be. But in the end, we can only spend what we have. Even though there are a lot of programs that we would like to put more money into, and programs that we would like to expand, like the Career and Technology Center, we're faced with the fact that we have a limited budget and we have to decide where to best allocate that," continued Young.
The budget also includes $17.5 million more than maintenance of effort level funding required by law from the state and county. "The commissioners have said they will give us the same amount that they did last year, so with that said, the state also, is estimating a pretty flat budget.
The Frederick County Board of Education voted unanimously Tuesday to take the proposed budget to a public hearing, which will take place February 5, at Oakdale High School, beginning at 7:00 p.m. p.m.