Budget Update from the Superintendent
April 10, 2017
Board approved the 2017-2018 operating budget of $309.7 million during its
meeting on March 21. The School Board approved budget, which continues support
of all current programs and initiatives, has two funding priorities:
competitive employee compensation and the maintenance and repair of aging
schools and facilities.
employee compensation, the budget includes a request for a $5 million increase
in funding from the City of Newport News. The additional funding will support
an increase in starting pay for teachers, custodians, instructional assistants,
nurses, clerical staff, child nutrition workers, mechanics and security
officers; address teacher and bus driver salary compression; and provide a 3% salary increase for all
other employees. These pay adjustments are dependent upon city funding and will help ensure that NNPS can retain and attract qualified
The City Manager’s proposed
budget Includes an additional $700 thousand in funding for Newport News Public
Schools’ operating budget. The City manager also considers the reduction of
$2.4M in debt service payments (payments on construction loans) from the school
division to the city as new revenue. While NNPS will pay less to the City for
debt service in the coming year, this money is being used to offset an increase
in the cost of retirement benefits to the Virginia Retirement System and cannot be used by NNPS to support staff
Manager’s proposed budget also includes funding for a 3% increase for City
staff. NNPS employee salary increases have not kept pace with City employee
salary increases, creating a disparity. Since 2012, City employee raises have
totaled 15.25% while NNPS employee raises have totaled 10.5%.
families and supporters can express their thoughts and opinions on the proposed
City budget. The City Council will host two public hearings on the proposed
budget this week:
Tuesday, April 11, during the council meeting at 7 p.m. at City
Hall Council Chambers, 2400 Washington Avenue, and
Thursday, April 13, at 7 p.m. at the Denbigh Community Center,
15198 Warwick Boulevard.
the proposed budget may also be directed to City Council members at email@example.com or (757) 926-8618.
Board approved budget is a responsible investment for our City and the students
and families we serve. I look forward to working with you to ensure that
Newport News Public Schools has the funding to advance the school division, and
retain and hire our greatest resource, our employees.