Connect PGCPS: CEO's Proposed FY2021 Budget, Holiday Decor Winners, #HealthyPGCPS

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Dec. 13, 2019

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CEO's Proposed FY2021 Budget Invests in Student Services and New Academic Programs

This week, CEO Dr. Monica Goldson unveiled a $2.3 billion operating budget proposal for fiscal year 2021 with a focus on student services and new academic programs. Budget highlights include:

High-Performing Workforce ($94.2 million increase):

  • Meets commitments for current agreements with PGCEA, ASASP, ACE/AFSCME, SEIU
  • Prioritizes new salary increases to make PGCPS competitive with neighboring jurisdictions

Academic Excellence ($15.7 million increase):

  • Special Education supports
  • Universal early childhood center
  • Career and Technical Education program enhancements
  • Middle school language immersion program

Safe and Supportive Environments ($6.9 million increase):

  • Expanded mental health supports for students and families
  • Middle school safety and security
  • Additional maintenance staff to address aging infrastructure

Family and Community Engagement ($2.9 million increase): 

  • New universal meal program at all community schools (breakfast, lunch, supper)
  • Additional background check sites and improved school websites

Organizational Effectiveness ($1.2 million increase): 

  • Specialized professional development
  • Modernized business processes and audit compliance enhancements

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Share Your Input on the 2020-2021 School Calendar!

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PGCPS is in the process of finalizing the 2020-21 school calendar. Two options were presented to the Board of Education this week. Please take the online survey by Thursday, Jan. 2 to share your preferences and input on the two draft calendar options prior to the Board vote on Thursday, Jan. 9. 

And the Winner Is...

For the second year in a row, Capital Programs took first-place honors in this year's holiday decorating competition hosted by CEO Dr. Monica Goldson. Teams decorated wreaths using a children's book as their theme and inspiration. Capital Programs (Design Team) and Grants took second and third place, respectively. An honorable mention award was given to the Medicaid Office. A total of 12 offices and departments participated in the decorating competition.

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In the Spotlight


Nominate a colleague who goes above and beyond for co-workers, students, families and community members! Send their name, office/school, photo (optional) and a brief description (100 words or less) to Submissions may be edited for length, clarity or grammar.

Share Your Good News

The Office of Communications is always seeking good news to share about our students, staff, schools and offices! Does your school or office have an innovative program? Do you know a student achiever or hard-working staffer who deserve kudos?

Tell us about it at:

Benefits Services: Our Focus Is You

2020 is Almost Here: What Are Your New Year Resolutions?

New Year New You

It's time to start thinking about New Year's resolutions! Make plans to live your best life in 2020 by adopting a healthier lifestyle. All year long, we will challenge you to prioritize physical and emotional wellness through our #HealthyPGCPS campaign, starting in January — New Year, New You! Next month,  take the Health Risk Assessment to develop your personal guide to  a exercise, nutrition and more. Stay tuned for more information!

Join the December Challenge

Tell us how you are keeping your holiday healthy! Share a photo and your healthy habits on social media by Dec. 18 using the hashtag #PGCPSHealthyHabits to be entered in the monthly drawing.

If you wish to start a wellness program at your school, please email for more information.

ICYMI: In Case You Missed It

Support Your Team – and Yourself!


Enter the Be Well, Teach Well contest sponsored by Walden University and PGCPS. This competition will empower you to start every day healthy, focused and recharged. You can win a wellness tech tool of your choice valued up to $300 and a wellness kit for yourself and your colleagues valued up to $200. Enter NOW!