Advocacy is at the core of our PTA mission to make every child’s potential a reality. By engaging and educating members on important issues at the local, state and national level, our PTA becomes an important voice in making decisions that impact Hillsmere families.
Looking for AACPS and County Official contact info? Just scroll down the page.
Hillsmere has made the FY 2020 Capital Budget – with a request for $784,000 to start the feasibility study to determine if the county will renovate or rebuild our school. It is essential that we advocate to keep the feasibility study in the budget.
- Friday March 1, 2019 Board of Education’s Requested FY2020 Operating and Capital Budget due to County Executive
- Thursday, March 28, 2019, 6:00pm to 8:00pm, County Budget Town Hall for District 6 @ Annapolis High School Auditorium with Councilmember Lisa Rodvien (This is the last of the 7 budget town halls for each county district. The full list can be found here)
- Wednesday, May 1, 2019, 11:00am – 11:30am, Budget Message @ Arundel Center (44 Calvert Street, Annapolis)- The County Executive will introduce his proposed budget. The County Council then has 45 days to deliberate and pass a balanced budget.
- Thursday, May 9, 2019, 7:00pm – 11:00pm, County Budget Hearing @ Arundel Center (44 Calvert Street, Annapolis): Proposed BOE and General County Budget
- Mon. May 13, 2019 7:00pm – 11:00pm, County Budget Hearing @ North County High School (10 East 1st Ave Glen Burnie): Proposed BOE and General County Budget
How do we advocate:
- THANK YOU TO THOSE WHO CAME OUT! Attend AACPS Public Hearings: This is where we, the public, can deliver oral comment (3 minutes/person) specifically on AACPS budget items.
- Email the Board
- ACTION NOW Email the County Executive and County Council
- ACTION NOW Attend County Council Public Hearings (See above for location details) Public comment is 2 minutes/person; Those unable to attend in person may email testimony to Administrative Officer JoAnne Gray at email@example.com.
- March 28 – Budget Town Hall for our district @ Annapolis High School: This is the first place we can advocate the County Executive to keep the Hillsmere feasibility study in the proposed county budget
- Budget Hearings: Depending on what is in the County Executive’s final proposed budget, this is where we advocate for the County Council to include the feasibility study when making their final vote on the county budget
- May 9 @ Arundel Center (closest venue to us)
- May 13 @ North County High School (further away but larger venue)
Anything else we should be advocating for in the budget? YES! Along with the Hillsmere Feasibility Study, consider advocating for the following issues that impact our students:
- English Language Acquisition Teachers/Assistants: Budget requests 25 new teachers/10 assistants. This would reduce teacher-student ratio to 1:42 for K-12 ELA students and provide support to ELA students in pre-kindergarten for first time. Lack of such support has a huge impact on learning/graduation rates. (page 350 of budget)
- Bilingual Facilitators: Budget requests only 2 more – critical as our international families grow both at Hillsmere and throughout AACPS. The number of families that require language support jumped from 10,300 in 2017-208 to 11,350 in 2018-2019. (page 343 of Budget)
- Substitute Pay Increase: Long-term substitute from $120/day to $130/day and short term substitute $90/day to $100/day. Substitute pay has not increased in 15 years. (page 357 of Budget)
- School Psychologists/Social Workers: 3 new psychologists/3 new social workers. Current staffing only allows AACPS to deal with students at crisis mode, versus prevention/early intervention, especially for special ed students. (page 371 of the Budget)
- High School Counselors – we need the one requested for Annapolis High School if we want our kids to attend a healthy school in coming years. (page 375 of the Budget)
- Special Ed staffing: 29/9 new positions requested, plus 14.4 new positions at special sites and 6 Section 504 facilitators. All critical to protect and support our kids, especially the teachers and TAs, and staff dealing with behavioral issues (pages 388-391 of the Budget)
- Teachers to reduce class size: 116 positions requested (page 394 of Budget)
- Teachers to address expected enrollment numbers: 26 positions requested (page 396 of the Budget)
I need more information on the budget:
- AACPS Budget webpage
- County Budget Office webpage
- See budget process flowchart at bottom of this page
Other Advocacy Issues
- Lead testing: AACPS is in the process of mandated lead testing at all county schools. More info on the lead testing can be found at https://www.aacps.org/watertestresults.
More 2018-2019 Advocacy issues will be coming soon. In the meantime, save the contact/meeting information below if you ever need to reach out to our public officials.
Attend Board of Education meetings
Sign up to speak! Does your child have something to say? Bring them too! Remember, public comments are limited to three minutes each.
First and Third Wednesdays of most months
(a block away from Annapolis High School)
Carol S. Parham Building
2644 Riva Road
Annapolis, MD 21401
Remaining 2018-2019 Board of Education Meetings
- Wednesday, March 6– 10:00 am
- Wednesday, March 20 – 7:00 pm
- Wednesday, April 3 – 10:00 am
- Wednesday, April 17 – 7:00 pm
- Wednesday, May 1 – 10:00 am
- Wednesday, May 15 – 7:00 pm
- Wednesday, June 5 – 10:00 am
- Wednesday, June 19 – 10:00 am *FY 2019 Operating & Capital Budget- Adoption
Click here for the full schedule of AACPS meetings, hearings, and workshops.
AACPS Board of Education Members (Additional info can be found here)
Email to all Board Members: Boardoffice@aacps.org
- Terry Gilleland (President) firstname.lastname@example.org 410-987-3039
- Josie Urrea (Vice President) email@example.com 410-271-2944
- Candace C.W. Antwine firstname.lastname@example.org 443-510-4640
- Michelle Corkadel email@example.com 410-507-9204
- Melissa Ellis firstname.lastname@example.org 410-533-7940
- Eric Grannon email@example.com 410-570-0361
- Julie Hummer firstname.lastname@example.org 410-693-7458
- Robert (Bob) Leib email@example.com 443-534-5766
- Dana Schallheim firstname.lastname@example.org 443-534-2660
- Superintendent: Dr. George Arlotto email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
- Regional Assistant Superintendent: Jolyn Davis 410-626-9747/9748 email@example.com
Anne Arundel County Executive
- Steuart Pittman (410) 222-1821 https://www.aacounty.org/departments/county-executive/contact-us/index.html
- James Kitchin (Constituent Services) firstname.lastname@example.org (410) 222-1785
- Jenese Jones (Constituent Services) email@example.com (410) 222-1785
Anne Arundel County Council
County Council Members Phone: (410) 222-1401 or Fax: (410) 222-1755
- Lisa D. B. Rodvien (our County Council Member) firstname.lastname@example.org
- Sarah F. Lacey email@example.com
- Allison M. Pickard (Vice Chairman) firstname.lastname@example.org
- Nathan Volke email@example.com
- Andrew Pruski (Chairman) firstname.lastname@example.org
- Amanda Fiedler email@example.com
- Jessica Haire Jessica.Haire@aacounty.org
Additional Council member info can be found at https://www.aacounty.org/departments/county-council/councilmembers/index.html
Budget Adoption Process
Superintendent submits recommended Operating & Capital Budgets to the Board of Education.
The Board of Education reviews the budget as recommended by the Superintendent. The Board may recommend the budget as it stands, reduce or expand it and submit to the County Executive.
The County Executive reviews the budget as recommended by the Board of Education. The County Executive may approve the budget as it stands, reduce it, or adjust funds within specified categories and submit to the County Council.
The County Council has 45 days to review the County Executive’s proposed budget. The Council may approve the budget as it stands, reduce it or restore funds cut by the County Executive. The County Council’s approved budget is then provided to the Board of Education.
The Board of Education adopts final budget.