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FY 2018 School Board Approved Budget

The public is invited to participate in the development of the budget by sharing their ideas, priorities and educational funding requests. 

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Operating Budget Calendar

  • November 14, 2016: FY 2018 budget requests due to Budget Department.
  • November-December 2016: Budget Office reviews budget requests and completes spending projections for FY 2018.
  • Mid-December 2016: Governor releases state budget for 2016-18 biennium.
  • January 2017: Preliminary estimates of revenues and expenditures presented to School Board.
  • February 10, 2017: School Board Retreat on FY 2018 Budget.
  • February 21, 2017: Presentation of Superintendent's Proposed FY 2018 Budget to the School Board.
  • March 14, 2017: School Board holds public hearing on Superintendent's recommended budget (Code of Virginia§22.1-92) at 6:30 p.m. in the administration building auditorium.
  • March 21, 2017: School Board meeting (6:30 p.m. in the administration building auditorium) and budget approval
  • April 1, 2017: School Board submits proposed budget to City Council (Code of Virginia§15.2-2503).
  • April 2017: City Council conducts two public hearings on proposed budget
  • May 2017: City Council appropriates funds for School Operating Budget (Code of Virginia§22.1-93).

This budget development guide is provided for parents, students, employees and citizens of Newport News. Comments, suggestions and questions are welcome. Answers and responses to the most frequently asked questions and topics that generate the most discussion will be posted here.

Questions and Answers


How is the Superintendent's Recommended Budget drafted?

Budget preparation begins in the fall. In October, NNPS departments are asked to consider their needs thoroughly and submit their 2017-2018 budget requests to the Budget Office by mid-November.

In January, the Budget Office begins the discussion of the development of the 2017-2018 budget. While keeping the real bottom line in the forefront (the education of NNPS students), the office receives regular updates on state and local funding and discusses various measures to reduce spending.

In January, each department meets with the Budget Office staff to review their budget requests and discuss ways to reduce spending. Once all department budgets are reviewed, the Budget Office compiles all of the funding requests to develop the Superintendent's FY 2018 budget. This budget becomes the Superintendent's Recommended Budget and is presented to the School Board during its meeting on February 21, 2017.

The Proposed Budget is based on the Governor's proposed budget and a request for a $5 million increase from the City of Newport News. In developing the FY 2018 budget, the Superintendent and her staff approach 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.

Where does the funding come from?

Newport News Public Schools receives operating budget revenues from three primary sources 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.

What is included in the Superintendent's Proposed Budget?

The proposed budget continues funding for all of our current initiatives and departments. NNPS is requesting an increase of $5 million from the City to support a 3% salary increase for all employees and an increase in starting pay for several employee groups.

Our research shows that NNPS custodians, instructional assistants, child nutrition workers and security officers have the lowest starting pay among our neighboring school divisions. To address this, the budget proposes to increase the hourly starting pay rate for these employee groups. The request for additional money from the City will provide the funding needed to cover the increase for these employee groups in addition to the 3% increase for all other employees. Starting pay for new teachers will also increase and a pay scale adjustment for current teachers will result in a salary increase ranging from 3.4% to 4.8%. This investment will help salaries remain competitive so that NNPS can retain and recruit expert staff.

The budget also includes funding to reestablish internal substitute teacher hiring and to address some projects on the growing list of capital needs.

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).

  • 2013-2014 school year: The approved budget included a 3.5% pay increase for NNPS employees in the Virginia Retirement System pension plan (employees contribute an additional 1% to the plan) and a 4.5% increase in pay for employees in the City Retirement plan (employees contribute 2% to the pension plan).

  • 2014-2015 school year: All employees received a salary increase of 4.5%. Employees in VRS and employees in the city retirement plan contribute an additional 3% to complete the transfer of the employee share and receive a 1.5% salary increase. NNPS employees hired after July 1, 2010 are already contributing 5% to VRS; those employees would receive a 4.5% salary increase.

  • 2015-2016 school year: All employees received a salary increase of 2% in addition to a salary scale adjustment for teachers.

  • 2016-2017 school year: The second year of a pay scale adjustment for teachers resulted in a salary increase from 3.7% to 5.3% for teachers, and the hourly starting pay rate for bus drivers increased to $13.86 or drivers received a 5% raise, whichever was greater. Researched showed that NNPS bus drivers had the lowest starting pay among neighboring school divisions.
     
    All other employees received a salary increase of 3%.

Are there any changes proposed for health benefits?

Full-time and part-time contracted and appointed employees will continue to 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.

There will be no increase in health insurance premiums, co-pays or deductibles for the 2018 plan year.

 

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Answers and responses to the most frequently asked questions and topics that generate the most discussion will be posted here.

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