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FCPS Will Make Additional Pay Raises Priority of Next Budget

by Karen Goff — October 17, 2016 at 1:00 pm 13 Comments

FCPS busFairfax County School officials are telling the county Board of Supervisors — which provides the majority of the school system’s annual funding — that they will need an additional $134 million for the next fiscal year as they look for ways to increase teacher salaries, the Washington Post reports.

 

Superintendent Karen Garza, who will leave her post in December, presented a budget forecast earlier this month before the county Board of Supervisors. The preliminary budget talks for Fiscal Year 2018 will start this fall, with the fornal request coming in January for the start of the fiscal year in July.

Garza gave a similar warning a year ago, organizing a budget advisory group that looked into cutting sports, music and language immersion programs, if Fairfax County Public Schools did not receive full funding.

In the end, the school system got $2 billion from the county and recommitted to keeping elementary class sizes small and giving teacher raises.

FCPS has said it wants to continue to boost overall salaries to keep the system competitive.

Fairfax County voters will weigh in on a meals tax referendum Nov. 8. If it passes, a county meals tax would provide about $100 million for the county (about 70 percent of which will go to the schools).

However, giving more teachers raises is expected to cost at least that much. School board chair Sandy Evans (Mason) said she wants to give an extra increase to mid-career teachers, whose pay is at a competitive disadvantage compared with neighboring districts, the Washington Post reports.

“We have fallen behind where we want to be in teacher pay, particularly in that midcareer level,” Evans said.

School board member Elizabeth Schultz (Springfield) says the school system should go back and look for more cuts and efficiencies rather than asking taxpayers for more money.

  • Mike M

    “School board member Elizabeth Schultz (Springfield) says the school system should go back and look for more cuts and efficiencies rather than asking taxpayers for more money.”

    Glory hallelujah! Let’s start with Japanese immersion and proceed from there, shall we?

    • One Really

      Mike, I am not sure if you combining the two, but at last check the county doesn’t bus for (atleast Japanese) immersion. They might for others. Fox Mill is the only JI program and parents have to provide their own transportion. If they’re outside of the school boundaries.
      Japanese was cut from Floris and Great Falls already. There is one class in Middle school for each grade at Carson, but this is a period dedicated for Immersion students and is basically 9th and 10th grade Japanese.

      • Mike M

        Thanks. I’d say one JI class is too many. Meanwhile, the concept of special schools for Spanish immersion is becoming increasingly suspect. There are other expensive programs that bus kids around.

    • ProblemSolved

      We should eliminate all buses, the kids can walk to school or have their parents drive them.
      We should eliminate sports , band and all foreign language classes and restrict teaching to core subjects only.
      We should eliminate all AP classes, if parents want their kids to take upper education classes they should pay private tutors.
      We should eliminate Kindergarten, if parents want day-care, they should pay for it privately.
      We should eliminate 12th grade, if they haven’t learned by 11th then 12th isn’t going to help.
      Property tax rates should be based on the number of children attending school (private or public) to help remove the subsidies.

      • Terpitude

        Sadly, the comments on this site get so ridiculous that I can’t even tell if you’re joking.

      • Mike M

        PS, you wouldn’t have to go that far to save lots of money. I think you’re just being silly. But some of your sarcastic answers make sense.

        • ProblemSolved

          I don’t think there is anything on that list much different than JI. The idea is not to cut enough such that the current budget can handle it, the idea is to cut out what is not needed. The payment of the costs should be redistributed to those that incur the expense.

          • One Really

            “The payment of the costs should be redistributed to those that incur the expense.”

            That is usually the stance single people or couples have until they have kids. Then their precious butterflies need the best education.

      • Greg

        Don’t laugh — those things have been done elsewhere with great success.

      • One Really

        Honestly, you almost can do it with certain kids.

        Increase the levels at Middle school for classes. Encourage more online year long study during 9-11 grades. Some kids are only taking 3 classes their senior year.

        “restrict teaching to core subjects only.”

        That is handled by VOE and not FCPS.

        Standard Diploma Course Requirements (8 VAC 20-131-50.B)

        I would eliminate all AP and IB as well.
        I would eliminate SACC as well.

        “Property tax rates should be based on the number of children attending school (private or public) to help remove the subsidies.”

        Not our fault you still live your in parents basement and found a husband or wife.

  • 30yearsinreston

    Vote NO for the meals tax
    FCPS have proven that they can’t manage what they have now
    Give them more and they will waste it

  • cRAzy

    First, FCPS needs to learn how to manage the budget it has.

    When it shows it can run a school system cost-effectively, then maybe the teachers (and possibly even the administrators) will deserve a raise.

    Until then, vote “NO” on the meals tax.

  • Fairfax Watcher

    Dear Board of Supervisors(BOS): Please tell the FC School Board to pack it in and go back and cut some/many of the un-need expenses. Also FCPS – show the taxpayers why we should continue to bleed for the FC students – where are the CEO’s, Phd’s, SES government workers, etc. ?? How many FCPS students “recently” have been awarded a patent? How many graduate and are now unemployed??
    What are we getting for our money?
    Show us or Shut-UP!!

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