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Budget Study Updates

To receive updates whenever new items are posted to the budget update webpage, please email cmiles@mcps.org and include "Budget" in the subject line.

MCPS will study several items throughout the 2012-13 school year to look at additional budget savings.  Those items are listed here and will be updated throughout the year as the studies progress.

Evaluate alternatives to MCPS summer programs delivery system.

Goal: To determine if cost savings can be found by altering the summer school program. Virtual offerings, early graduation and the ninth grade academy will be evaluated for cost efficiencies and savings.

Status: Complete

Potential Cost Savings: $38,602

Analyze Middle School scheduling model for possible cost savings.

Goal: To determine if a change in school schedules for middle schools will result in a cost savings while maintaining current academic standards.

Status: Complete

Potential Cost Savings: Rage of $1.2 - $1.4 million, requires changing organization of instructional day.

Presentation on Possible Scheduling Model (1/15/13)

Analyze High School scheduling model for possible cost savings.

Goal: To determine if a change in school schedules for high schools will result in a cost savings while maintaining current academic standards.

Status: Complete

Potential Cost Savings: Rage of $1.2 - $1.4 million, requires changing organization of instructional day.

Presentation on Possible Scheduling Model (1/15/13)

Evaluate establishing a Virtual Academy to enhance course offerings and the efficiency of delivery.

Goal: To determine if offering courses through Virtual Academy may allow for cost savings in personnel and building utilization while maintaining high academic standards.

Status: In process

Expected Completion: January 30, 2013

Potential Cost Savings: Not Yet Known

Analysis of software for standardization and possible cost savings.

Goal: To evaluate software use in all sites, eliminate redundancies and determine any cost savings that may be realized through different licensing procedures and identification of a supported software list.

Status: In process

Expected Completion: January 30, 2013

Potential Cost Savings: Not Yet Known

Analyze outsourcing services (custodial, transportation, nurses).

Goal: To determine if cost savings can be realized by outsourcing services such as custodial, school nurses, transportation and/or food services.

Status: The RFP for custodial services closed on October 4. Fifteen proposals were submitted and they are currently being evaluated for responsiveness to the RFP. We are still gathering information on the possibility of outsourcing nurses, transportation and food services.

Potential Cost Savings: Completed, no recommendation

Analyze sick leave bank for possible cost savings.

Goal: To determine if the sick leave bank for employees can be restructured in a way that continues to provide a positive benefit to employees while realizing a cost savings for the division.

Status: Complete

Potential Cost Savings: Dependent upon usage by employees

Evaluate extended year contracts based on necessity of services.

Goal: To determine if extended year contracts are necessary in all cases. Extended year contracts are granted and renewed yearly based on needs in specific departments and/or buildings.

Status: Complete

Potential Cost Savings: $109,000

After relocation to County Government Center Building C, study Central Office for reorganization (functions, staffing, shared services). 

Goal: To determine if cost savings can be realized by sharing services with the County Government Center. Items to be studied include supply orders, job application center, accounts payable, public information, and buildings and grounds maintenance.

Status: In process

Expected Completion: Varies by task ranging from January 2013 to January 2014

Potential Cost Savings: Unknown

Study change to length of school year (-10 days and increase length of school day) - Gloucester School Division model.

Goal: To determine if it is feasible to realize savings in energy and personnel costs by increasing the length of the school day and decreasing the number of calendar days

Status: Complete

Potential Cost Savings: $35,000, not recommended