Carroll County school board, commissioners to discuss budget next week

The Carroll County Public Schools Board of Education and Board of County Commissioners will hold a joint meeting next week for preliminary 2020 fiscal year budget discussions.

The meeting is scheduled from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 5 — a day before the last BOE budget work session at 7 p.m., Wednesday. Then the school board is slated to adopt its proposed FY20 operating budget on Feb. 13 and turn it over to the county commissioners for approval.


Board of Education President Donna Sivigny said the upcoming meeting will also be a great way to build a relationship with the new Board of County Commissioners.

“Communication and collaboration with county leadership is vital as we strive for sustainable success,” she told the Times. “We want to build trust with the existing and new commissioners, so that they recognize the organization is being managed effectively to ensure all Carroll County students have the opportunity for a great education.

“We have demonstrated that investing in CCPS yields solid results, as we are one of the highest rated school systems in the state.”

Carroll County Public Schools Superintendent Steve Lockard presented his proposed $201.3 million budget at the BOE’s last work session on Jan. 23, and received questions from the board regarding how he decided to request 29 new positions, and $8.9 million for raises and employee compensation.

“How do we demonstrate this ask to the commissioners — true needs — and put together a business plan?” Sivigny asked at the Jan. 23 session. “We are seeing there are strategic plan initiatives, but what does the strategic plan measure that we need to focus on?

“And what’s going to be the return — the achievement return — on that investment?” she asked. “This is what we are going to hold ourselves accountable to.”

Lockard explained that the information will be presented at the joint meeting with the commissioners, which had not yet been announced.

“We can call the data,” he said. “And we listened to our teachers and schools and communities, and we worked really hard to align what we brought to you with what’s most prominent in our strategic plan — to what we think and believe and know to be true about the needs of our students.

“So absolutely we worked on putting together that sort of — I don’t want to call it a business plan, it’s really an education plan — that outlines the need for the positions that we brought forward to you,” Lockard said.

Lockard’s proposed budget can be found in detail on the Carroll County Public Schools’ website,, under the “Operations” and then “Financial Services” tabs on the site.

The upcoming meeting will be held in the Reagan Room (Room 003) at the County Office Building, 225 N. Center St., Westminster.