Teacher and staff raises highlight Fairfax public school’s $2.9 billion budget

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$53.1 million to boost teacher salaries and another $43.9 million for staff step raises highlight the fiscal year 2019 budget approved by the Fairfax County School Board. The total $2.9 billion budget is an increase of 4.9 percent over the current fiscal year.

“We remain committed to making our teacher compensation more competitive in the Washington, D.C., market,” says School Board Chair Jane Strauss. “Great teachers are the best way to ensure that our 189,000 students get the best education possible,” according to Strauss. :We need to ensure that the best possible teachers—those individuals who nurture and guide our students to be their best—remain a part of the FCPS family.”

The FY 2019 Advertised Budget also includes $17.9 million for nonteacher scales (school-based administrators, clerical, custodians, psychologists, social workers, and central office personnel), to better align FCPS’ support pay with the market, and $13.4 million for anticipated increases in health insurance.  In addition, the FY 2019 budget includes $15.8 million for anticipated enrollment growth and changes in student demographics.

The School Board also passed additional funding supporting equity-related work and funding to provide additional resources to high schools with the highest percentage of newcomer students in English for speakers of other language.

The School Board will present this FY 2019 Advertised Budget to the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, April 10, and is scheduled to adopt the FY 2019 Approved Budget at its May 24 meeting.

FCPS’ FY 2019 begins July 1, 2018.

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