the blueprint


As both an educator and parent of children in Howard County schools, County Executive Calvin Ball knows how critical the Howard County Public School System is to the success and well-being of students and families. An investment in education is one of the best ways to ensure a brighter future for every child in Howard County. During his time in office, County Executive Ball increased annual County education funding by more than $200 million. His funding for school system education and construction grew by the highest amount in more than 20 years, and for the first time ever, the County spent more than $1 billion on public education. Additionally, he also invested in mental health initiatives designed to protect our young people. Other accomplishments include:

  • Providing more than $58 million annually—$12 million annually above the previous administration—to support school capital projects, allowing the top three priority projects of the Howard County Public School System to begin construction: New High School #13, Talbott Springs Elementary School, and Hammond High School.
  • Developing a plan to eliminate the Howard County Public School System’s nearly $40 million Health and Dental Fund deficit by 2024. The implementation of this plan would produce a projected surplus years ahead of schedule.
  • Providing capital funding to expand both Howard Community College and the Howard County Library System.