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.
- January 8 and 10 (6pm) Public Budget Hearing
- February 20 @ 7pm Board of Education Meeting where the Board will approve the proposed budget
- County Council Budget Meeting Dates will be posted as soon as made public!
How do we advocate:
- Attend AACPS Public Hearings: This is where we, the public, can deliver oral comment (3 minutes/person) specifically on AACPS budget items.
- JANUARY 8 6pm @ Old Mill HS
- JANUARY 10 6PM @ AACPS HEADQUARTERS (RIVA RD)
- Email the Board
- Email the County Executive and County Council
- Attend County Council Public Hearings (dates coming soon)
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
- Superintendent’s Recommended FY 2020 Capital Budget (pdf)
- FY2020 Budget in Brief (pdf)
- Board of Education’s public workshop on the Superintendent’s Recommended Operating & Capital Budget Janaury 15 6pm @ AACPS HEADQUARTERS (RIVA RD). No public comment at workshop.
- 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
2018-2019 Board of Education Meetings
- Wednesday, January 9 – 10:00 am
- Wednesday, January 23 – 7:00 pm
- Wednesday, February 6 – 10:00 am
- Wednesday, February 20 – 7:00 pm *FY 2020 Operating & Capital Budget-Approval
- 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
- Julie Hummer (President) email@example.com 410-693-7458
- Terry Gilleland (Vice President) firstname.lastname@example.org 410-987-3039
- Candace C.W. Antwine email@example.com 443-510-4640
- Michelle Corkadel firstname.lastname@example.org 410-507-9204
- Melissa Ellis email@example.com 410-533-7940
- Eric Grannon firstname.lastname@example.org 410-570-0361
- Robert (Bob) Leib email@example.com 443-534-5766
- Dana Schallheim firstname.lastname@example.org 443-534-2660
- Josie Urrea email@example.com 410-271-2944
- Superintendent: Dr. George Arlotto firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
- Regional Assistant Superintendent: Jolyn Davis 410-626-9747/9748 firstname.lastname@example.org
Anne Arundel County Executive
- Steuart Pittman (410) 222-1821 https://www.aacounty.org/departments/county-executive/contact-us/index.html
- James Kitchin (Constituent Services) email@example.com (410) 222-1785
- Jenese Jones (Constituent Services) firstname.lastname@example.org (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) email@example.com
- Sarah F. Lacey firstname.lastname@example.org
- Allison M. Pickard (Vice Chairman) email@example.com
- Nathan Volke firstname.lastname@example.org
- Andrew Pruski (Chairman) email@example.com
- Amanda Fiedler firstname.lastname@example.org
- 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.