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  FY 2016-17 Budget Updates  
 
 
School Board Cuts Required Hours in Teacher Contract Workday
Staff Told to Trim Budget, Retain Spending for Pay Hike and Class-size Reductions.

May 24, 2016

The contract day for Prince William County Public School teachers will be reduced by 30 minutes from 7.5 to 7 hours, effective at the start of the 2016-17 school year. Board members voted to reverse an action taken by their predecessors in 2012 to bring local teacher hours into line with other School Division contracts in the area. Annual teacher salaries will be unchanged from expected levels, and will include the one-step compensation increase built into the budget plan previously passed by the School Board.

The all-employee step increase, averaging 2.88%, will remain untouched as the Superintendent and Division staff seek to cut more that $7.1 million from the approved School Board budget to make up for reduced funding provided by the Board of County Supervisors (BOCS). Another $1 million from the county also remains uncertain.

School Board members directed that new spending on class-size reduction that was part of their original spending plan also be spared from the budget axe.

Budget reductions are needed since the plan unanimously approved by the School Board in Mach was built on revenue generated by a higher tax anticipated under the county’s approved five year plan and included in previous tax guidance. When the BOCS voted to keep the tax rate flat, total school revenue dropped.
The county funding cut will eat into higher-than-expected state revenue. The Virginia increase was meant to start making up for years of previous state cuts.

All-in-all, PWCS will still get more funding in 2016-17 than in the previous year. However, rising enrollment and lower county funding mean that PWCS is once again searching for big cuts without taking a big toll on the ability to deliver on student needs and community expectations.

The School Board will review staff recommendations and is expected to adopt final budget revisions their June 1 meeting.

PWCS Faces $7 Million Budget Shortfall
Read more.
 

BOCS Delay Mark-Up of County Budget​
Read more.
 
School Board Presents Budget Plan to BOCS
Read more.
 

School Board Approves FY 2017 Spending Plan Success Rests On County Funding 

Read more.
 


County Supervisors Raise Uncertainty about School Funding
 
Proposed 2017 Budget and Capital Improvements
Program Offered

 
February 3, 2016

Citing its benefits to the future of Prince William County and more than 88,000 students, PWCS Superintendent Steve Walts unveiled a proposed $1.08 billion spending plan, up 3.9% from current levels, to fund Virginia’s rapidly growing second-largest school division for the 2016-17 school year.
 
Budget Update FY2016-17

“I am confident that this proposed budget provides our new School Board and our community with a thoughtful plan for funding the educational needs, aspirations, and expectations of our community, Walts said.”  He evoked images of PWCS students before highlighting some of the proposed plan’s benefits that reflect longstanding School Board and administration priorities, including efforts to address unmet needs. Proposed funding includes:
  • Continuing investment in all existing educational programs and supporting services;
  • Adding more than 80 teaching and instructional positions to aid in further class size reductions; 
  • Hiring one or more new counselors, library media specialists, psychologists, sign language interpreters, school nurses, teachers of the visually impaired, social workers, teachers of the hearing impaired, speech teachers, and teaching assistants to address pressing student needs;
  • Increasing staffing to support English language learners;
  • Providing a step pay plan increase averaging 2.8% for all employees (see proposed salary scale);
  • Devoting an additional $1 million to improve services at schools with high proportions of economically disadvantaged students;
  • Restoring a modest amount of resources for gifted education programs;
  • Enabling the anticipated expansion of pre-kindergarten offerings and classrooms;
  • Investing in overdue technology improvements, enhancements, and innovations;
  • Continuing investments in new schools, school additions, renovations, maintenance, and support services. Read more.


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  FY2016-17 Budget Developments

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Answers to School Board budget Inquiries (by group and date of inquiry)
 
  
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