One day earlier than the Montgomery County Board of Education meets to vote on its $3.3 billion finances, the varsity system launched a press release saying it is seemingly no presently employed lecturers will face a job loss.

One day earlier than the Montgomery County Board of Education meets to vote on its $3.3 billion finances, the varsity system launched a press release saying “it’s seemingly that no presently employed lecturers will face a job loss.”

The assertion comes after the varsity system up to date its projections for instructor vacancies for the approaching faculty yr — that features resignations and retirements.

The faculty system nonetheless plans on growing class sizes to cope with what it calls a “finances deficit” of $30 million within the FY 2025 finances.

In a Monday briefing with reporters, Montgomery County Council President Andrew Friedson expressed frustration with the varsity system’s framing of the finances image, noting that 99.2% of the varsity system’s finances request was already funded.

“This is a administration problem, it’s not a fiscal problem,” Friedson mentioned.

Friedson griped over MCPS’ spending priorities, noting the varsity board workplaces have been relocated to a brand new workplace at a month-to-month price of $49,000 when the varsity system, he mentioned, “is sitting on dozens of underutilized and vacant properties.”

Previously, MCPS officers estimated that as many as 120 lecturers presently employed could be laid off. Friedson mentioned Monday, “This thought of utilizing hyperbolic, hypothetical eventualities to obfuscate accountability just isn’t useful.”

Regarding the cost-saving measure of accelerating class sizes, the varsity system assertion launched Monday defined that by holding the will increase to no a couple of scholar per class at every grade degree, “we will be sure that we stay inside the typical nationwide developments for common class sizes, whereas nonetheless assembly the wants of our college students.”

School officers mentioned the tough decisions being thought-about have been additionally a results of fiscal pressures tied to the lack of federal funding, inflation and the “Blueprint for Maryland’s Future” state laws that mandates schooling spending ranges.

The board will vote on the finances plan Tuesday at 9 a.m.

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