February 1, 2017
From the Desk of Matt Hornbeck
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Please Join Us for Budget Meetings 

When: Wednesday, February 15th 

8:30 am – Chat With Matt

3 pm – School Family Council Meeting

Where: HHA Library

Budget Problems

 

By this time, you are probably well aware that City Schools is facing a $130 million budget deficit for the 2017-2018 school year.  The district is talking about laying off 1,000 employees.  It is our hope that the City Schools CEO, the leaders of the Baltimore Teachers Union, our Governor, our Mayor, and all our elected officials will work together to make public education the priority in this budget cycle.  It is unclear if this will happen.  Our school is in the best possible position to weather the budget challenges.  We are a large school and we have control over our budget and curriculum.  Also, our school recently became a dues paying member of an advocacy group called BUILD - Baltimoreans United In Leadership Development.  BUILD will conduct meetings with our parents and staff to help us decide the best approach to advocate for our students.   

Over the next few weeks, the 2017-2018 school budget will be developed. We will conduct a budget survey to consider parent input on potential budget priorities. Currently, charter schools receive about $9,100 per K-8 pupil, with PreK resources coming in the form of staff rather than per pupil dollars. We are projected to serve 766 students overall, with 720 K-8 students.  This represents a projected increase of four students from our current enrollment. However, we always admit students who reside within our attendance area so the final number will fluctuate. HHA’s budget for next year is more than $7M. In these tough financial times when the state is cutting education budgets and there is reduced enrollment in City Schools, there might be a reduction in funding and programming at HHA. There will be two presentations and planning meetings for the school community to discuss the budget: Wednesday, February 15th at Chat With Matt - 8:30 am and Wednesday, February 15th at the School Family Council Meeting - 3 pm. Parents, please plan to join us.

 

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