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Thursday, February 04, 2016

Fairfax County School Board Adopts FY 2017 Advertised Budget of $2.67 Billion

The Fairfax County School Board has adopted the FY 2017 Advertised Budget of $2.67 billion, an increase of 4.8 percent, or $121.4 million, from the FY 2016 Approved Budget.  The FY 2017 budget includes a salary increase (step and one percent market scale adjustment) for all employees, an additional $40 million to enhance teacher salaries and make them more competitive, and funding to lower class sizes in elementary schools. 
 “A budget is fundamentally a statement of values, and the Advertised Budget reflects this community's unwavering support for excellent public schools,” says School Board Chairman Pat Hynes.  “It includes critical pay increases for our teachers, begins to address class sizes and, most importantly, proposes no cuts to the great programs that we expect from Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS).
“The Superintendent’s Budget Task Force spent many hours over several weeks last summer and fall developing a list of potential program cuts and new fees,” continued Hynes.  “Those cuts and fees are NOT in the Advertised Budget because they would fundamentally change the quality and character of FCPS. I did not leave the classroom to serve on the School Board so that I could preside over the dismantling of this world class school system. Potential cuts will, sadly, have to be considered should we not receive the revenue our schools need.”
“This budget reflects the basic needs of our schools and is critical to maintaining an essential quality education for our children,” said School Board member and budget committee chair Janie Strauss.  “Community support for this budget is critical to the future of our schools, our children, and the overall strength and reputation of Fairfax County.”
The FY 2017 budget recognizes compensation base savings of $19.1 million due to employee turnover.  No increase for growth or demographics is necessary due to slower than anticipated student membership growth during FY 2016.
The FY 2017 budget also includes $2.2 million to replace some of FCPS’ aging buses as well as $16.5 million in health insurance increases and $13.5 million in retirement rate increases.
“The increases we have in the FY 2017 budget are funds to help us regain the ground we have lost over the past decade,” added Strauss. 
The School Board will present its budget to the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, April 5.   The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors will hold public hearings on the budget on April 5-7.  Additional information about participating in the FY 2017 budget process and the complete budget calendar is available online.
Information and updates about the FY 2017 budget can be found online.
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