Budget Update from the Superintendent

April 10, 2017

The School 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.

To address 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 staff.

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 raises.

The City 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%.

NNPS employees, 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.

Comments about the proposed budget may also be directed to City Council members at or (757) 926-8618.

The School 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.


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