Baltimore County school officials are proposing a 5.7 percent increase in next year’s operating budget to $1.6 billion, nearly all of the increase coming from county taxpayers.
About half of the increase — $40 million — goes to boost salaries and benefits to teachers and staff. Interim School Superintendent Verletta White said the increase would be a 2 percent increase in salary for school staff. She also proposes to continue the expansion of a program to provide a laptop for every child and move to a digital curriculum. Under the initiative, all high school students would receive the laptops next fall and the cost would increase by $10.4 million.