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 FY 2017 budget requests to the Budget Office by mid-November.
In January, the budget committee begins the discussion of the development of the 2016-2017 budget. While keeping the real bottom line in the forefront (the education of NNPS students), the committee receives regular updates on state and local funding and discusses various measures to reduce spending.
In January, each department's budget is presented to the committee. Once all budgets are presented, the Budget Office will compile all of the funding requests to develop the Superintendent's FY 2017 budget. This budget becomes the Superintendent's Recommended Budget and will be presented to the School Board during its meeting on March 1.
The Proposed Budget is based on the General Assembly's proposed budget and the Newport News City Manager's projected local contribution. In developing the FY 2017 budget, the committee will 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.
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 – 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).
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.
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 2017 plan year. There will be a 15% premium reduction for family level coverage for all plans.