With the new year a day away, schools will soon reopen, and students will be back on buses and trying to stay awake in class.

Here are a few things to be aware of and keep on the calendar for the first month of 2020.

One of the first and biggest events of the new year related to education in Frederick County will be the release of FCPS Superintendent Terry Alban’s recommended budget. Alban will present her funding priorities to the Board of Education for fiscal 2021 on Jan. 6 at 7 p.m. in the FCPS boardroom.

When speaking with The News-Post in early December, Alban indicated that two of her priorities will be reducing class size and setting competitive pay for teachers.

The budget season will begin in January and will continue for months until the board votes and approves a final plan in June.

The Board of Education will begin discussions of the recommended budget at its first meeting of the new year on Jan. 8. The agenda will also include a discussion of student use of electronic devices and a reevaluation of the policies.

Before the official Martin Luther King Jr. Day, FCPS will host a celebration honoring the life and legacy of the civil rights leader on Jan. 9 at Gov. Thomas Johnson High School. The theme for this year’s event is “From the Past, We Create Our Future.”

Students from Ballenger Creek Elementary, Urbana Elementary at Sugarloaf, and Tuscarora High schools will perform.

King Awards will also be presented to one student from each of the county’s public schools.

To earn the award, students must have demonstrated leadership qualities of King and exhibited the “Character Counts” pillars of responsibility, caring, fairness, trustworthiness, citizenship and respect.

In mid-January, students nominated to be the next student member of the board will participate in a town hall and candidate forum. Online voting across all middle and high schools will begin the next day, Jan. 17.

At the college level, Frederick Community College will continue its “Moving Mountain” speaker series on Jan. 15 with a talk by FCC professor and professional Jazz musician Howard Burns.

The Moving Mountain speaker series is an inspirational speaker series for teens and young adults featuring local professionals.

Follow Katryna Perera on Twitter: @katrynajill.

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