How is the Superintendentís Recommended Budget drafted?
Budget preparation begins in the fall. In October, the budget committee began meeting to discuss the development of the 2012-2013 budget. While keeping the real bottom line in the forefront (the education of NNPS students), the committee received regular updates on state and local funding, reviewed suggestions from employees through the web site and other correspondence, and discussed various measures to reduce spending.
Supervisors and directors were asked to prepare and submit their departmental budgets. In January, each departmentís budget is presented to the committee. Once all budgets are presented, the Budget Office begins compiling all of the funding requests to develop the Superintendentís FY13 budget. This budget becomes the Superintendentís Recommended Budget and will be presented to the School Board at a special work session on March 1.
The Proposed Budget is based on the General Assemblyís proposed budget and the Newport News City Managerís proposed local contribution. In developing the FY 2013 budget, the committee approached the work with one goal in mind: continuing our commitment to the education of our students by advancing our benchmarks for our schools, while maintaining the financial stability of the organization.
Who is on the budget committee?
The budget committee is comprised of NNPS employees (including the Superintendent, Assistant Superintendents, Executive Directors, Supervisors, and Principals from all education levels), a representative from the Newport News Education Foundation, and the president of the Newport News Education Association.
Where does the funding come from?
Newport News Public Schools receives operating budget revenues from three primary sources Ė State aid for public education, funds transferred from the City of Newport News and federal impact aid. NNPS also receives a small amount of revenue from non- resident tuition, fees and receipts from athletic activities.
When was the last time NNPS employees received a pay raise?
Employee wages and salaries are based on the pay plan approved by the School Board. District-wide pay increases are considered during the budget development process each year.
Salary Increase/One-Time Payment History
2007-2008 school year: Teachers received an average 5 percent pay increase and other staff received an average 3 percent pay increase
2008-2009 school year: All staff received an average 3.5 percent pay increase
2009-2010 school year: No salary increase; salaries remained the same
2010-2011 school year: All staff received a one-time net payment of $500; Employee salaries remained the same
2011-2012 school year: All staff received a 1 percent pay increase and a 2 percent one-time payment
2012-2013 school year: All staff received a 1.5 percent pay increase (Virginia Retirement System eligible employees pay 1 percent to VRS)
Will there be an employee pay raise for the 2013-2014 school year?
The Superintendent's Proposed Budget for 2013-2014 includes a 3.5% pay increase for NNPS employees in the Virginia Retirement System (VRS) plan (employees will contribute an additional 1% to the plan) and a 4.5% increase in pay for NNPS employees in the City Retirement plan (employees will contribute an additional 2% to the pension plan).
Are there any changes proposed for health benefits?
Full-time and part-time contracted employees have access to a comprehensive benefits package which includes health, dental, vision and life insurance; retirement income; flexible spending accounts; legal resources; 403(b) and 457(b) retirement plans; and employee discounts.
While health insurance premiums will remain the same, there are several proposed changes under consideration for the coming plan year:
The retiree dental subsidy for post-65 retirees would change to match the subsidy given to current employees ($5).
Prescription co-pays could increase (retirees not yet on Medicare would also be affected by this increase).
|Prescription Drug Co-Pays|
Brand name drugs with no generic available
Brand name drugs (where a generic is available but participant decides to use brand name drug) or specialty drugs
The method by which the dual spouse insurance premiums are calculated would change. For retirees, the premiums will vary based on the percentage of the School Board contribution. As a result, these rates will be provided at a later time and on an individual basis.