In The News
Proposed budget focuses on employee salaries
School Board seeks public input
(03/03/2017) -The Superintendent's proposed $309.9 million operating budget for the 2017-2018 school year represents a $1.7% increase over this year's spending plan. Funding for this budget is based on the Governor's proposed budget and a request for a $5 million increase from the City of Newport News.
The proposed budget continues funding for all of the school division's current initiatives and departments. The school division requested an additional $5 million from the City to support an increase in starting pay for teachers, address teacher salary compression, and provide a 3% salary increase for all other employees. The teachers' salary adjustment (from 3.4% to 4.8%) and the 3% salary increase for all other employees are dependent upon City funding and will help NNPS salaries remain competitive so that the school division can retain and recruit expert staff. The cost of health insurance premiums, co-pays and deductibles will remain the same for all employees participating in NNPS healthcare plans.
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 proposed budget includes an increase in the hourly starting pay for these employee groups. Current employees in these workgroups would receive an increase equivalent to the new starting salary or a 3% raise, whichever is greater.
To balance the budget, the budget proposal includes the elimination of 36 positions (through retirements and resignations) due to a decrease in student enrollment, the restoration of internal substitute teaching hiring, a decrease in debt service payments, and the elimination of one-time funding for network access and classroom supplies.
The proposed budget is available for review at www.nnschools.org/budget and at the school administration building at 12465 Warwick Boulevard. The public is invited to comment on the proposed budget; a public hearing is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 14, in the administration building auditorium. Employees and citizens may also submit suggestions and comments online here.
The School Board is scheduled to vote on this proposed budget during their meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 21. Following the meeting, the approved budget must be sent to the City by April 1 and the City Council will hold two budget hearings to gather input.