Graduations! The Budget! It has been a busy two weeks attending graduations and putting the final touches on the FY2020 budget. 

First, the local graduations: I was able to attend the graduations at Cedar Lane School, Howard County Community College, as well as Wilde Lake and River Hill High Schools. Each ceremony was unique and moving; I loved seeing the happy smiles on the faces of those graduating. I do have to take this moment to honor one special graduate: my daughter, Alyssa, who graduated from Tulane two weeks ago with a degree in Public Health and Environmental Biology. A big thank you to the Howard County School System and all of her teachers, from first grade through 12th, who did such a great job of preparing her for a rigorous academic experience.

After weeks of budget hearings during which time we reviewed the detailed budget for each department in the County, as well as the school district, we voted on the final version last Wednesday. Details of the various aspects of the budget are below. During the final days before the budget vote, Councilmember Walsh and I submitted an amendment to increase funding for the school system by $8 million. Years of underfunding has created chronic budget shortages and our amendment attempted to close some of that gap. We were unsuccessful in our quest for the full $8 million but were able to secure an additional $2 million for instruction and other school-system needs.
National Spelling Bee Winner
Congratulations to D4’s own Saketh Sundar (from Clarksville Middle School) for his award-winning performance and his eight-way win at the 2019 Scripps National Spelling Bee. May you always be blessed with blooming bougainvilleas
Congratulations to the Class of 2019

The tassle is worth the hassle. Best wishes and much success to you all!!
Community Affairs
Keeping Up with Deb
June 14th - 30th
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June 14th -16th
Downtown Columbia Lakefront
10275 Wincopin Cir, Columbia
The FREE LakeFest Weekend includes three days of live music, an invitational arts and crafts show, strolling performers, festival food, a Clyde’s of Columbia Beer Garden and an array of activities and entertainment for all ages. One of the highlights of  LakeFest  this year includes  evening performance(s) and residency activities by Bridgman Packer Dance.
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June 29th, 11am-5pm
Centennial Park
10000 Clarksville Pike, Ellicott City

Remember | Resist | Rejoice

Celebrate Howard County's first annual LGBTQ pride event.

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June 30th, 2:30pm
Smith Theatre, Howard Community College
Campus Dr, Columbia

Celebrate the education of girls, the beauty of story, and the power of collective action featuring a talk by Aminatta Forna, one of the writers of Girl Rising, and the documentary film that inspired global awareness about the importance of education for girls. 
Merriweather Post Pavilion
Concert season has begun!
Check out the full 2019 calendar of live music for an endearing Howard County tradition.
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Chrysalis Events
More outdoor shows, more intimate setting. Columbia is blessed with fine arts and cultural performances.
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