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  • AACPS' Finance Office Lauded as One of Nation's Best for 39th Consecutive Year

    Posted by Melvin Edwards on 2/25/2020

    For the 39th consecutive year, Anne Arundel County Public Schools’ Finance Office has been lauded as one of the nation’s best by earning the prestigious Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting from the Association of School Business Officials International (ASBO).

    The award is given to organizations that are committed to financial accountability and transparency. It recognizes clear and complete final reporting, and a commitment to fiscal integrity.

    “We take incredible pride in being sound and prudent stewards of the funding provided to us by taxpayers of Anne Arundel County,” Superintendent George Arlotto said. “Once again, the awesome team in our Finance Office has shown that carrying out the mission of Sound Stewardship – one of the key parts of our Strategic Plan – is something that is at the core of everything they do. This work is not often accompanied by headlines, but it is incredibly critical to work that goes on in our classrooms and for our children every single day.

    Founded in 1910, ASBO is an educational association that supports school business professionals and provides programs and services that promote the highest standards of school business management. Read more about the ASBO Award.

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  • BOE Approves Revised $214.2M FY2021 Capital Budget Request

    Posted by Melvin Edwards on 2/20/2020

    The Board of Education unanimously approved a revised official Fiscal Year 2021 Capital Budget request of $214.2 million after passing a pair of amendments to the plan it approved in September.

    The amendments reduced the FY2021 request by $650,000. The Board added $800,000 in county funding to the “PS Military Installation Grant” line, providing sufficient local contribution necessary to access more than $90 million in federal grant funding to renovate Meade High School.

    The Board then adjusted the “Security Related Upgrades” line by $1.45 million after consultation with the county Police Department that resulted in the identification of a more appropriate form of security glass at school entrances.

    The Board also formally approved its six-year Capital Improvement Plan, which allocates requested funding for projects through FY2026.

    The Board’s request will now be submitted to County Executive Steuart Pittman, who will make a recommendation to the County Council on May 1. The County Council will review that plan and adopt a final capital budget for the school system by June 15, 2020.

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