Frederick County public school teachers will finish off the fourth and final year of the county’s transition to a new pay scale in 2020.

The Frederick County Board of Education unanimously approved a $637 million operating budget Wednesday, as well as its self-insurance budget, capital projects budget and food services budget.

The operating budget is a nearly 6 percent increase from the current year’s budget, with much of that increase coming from enrollment growth. The county expects to enroll 609 more students next year, which accounts for the 77 additional teachers funded in the budget.

The county received an additional $8 million from the state as part of funding from the Kirwan commission.

The board also approved a capital budget of $82 million, more than half of which goes to the Urbana Elementary School replacement and Rock Creek School construction projects.

The budget also includes money for a 300-seat addition at Oakdale Middle School. The state did not grant planning approval for the project, but the county is providing the $13.4 million needed to keep the project on track, said Janice Spiegel, education liaison to County Executive Jan Gardner.

Spiegel said the state may reimburse the county after planning approval is granted.

Students will not experience an increase in breakfast or lunch prices, as the board passed a $13.4 million food and nutrition services budget Wednesday. The budget does include an increased expense in paper products due to the state’s ban on polystyrene, which takes effect Jan. 1, 2020.

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6% increase in one year thanks to the developers who have free rein in this county, and the taxpayers pick up the tab as always

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