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From Stafford Public Schools

The Stafford School Board adopted a $278.9 million budget for the 2018-2019 school year on Tuesday, May 15, 2018. Adoption of the budget follows months of deliberations concerning state funding, state mandates, increasing number of students, and market-based employee compensation models. The adopted budget addresses many of the goals and priorities established by the School Board. The FY ’19 budget includes a 2.5% cost of living adjustment for all employees. All teachers will reach the median of the market or above and the paraprofessionals, bus drivers and monitors will reach the minimum of the market. The School Board’s budget will add 76 positions to address growth, parity, shifts in demographics, and the increasing complexity of student needs.

“I am pleased that this budget provides a 2.5% pay raise for all employees. We are appreciative of the
increase in local funding from Board of Supervisors that made this pay raise possible. Stafford County
Public Schools staff work hard to provide exceptional educational opportunities for all students and the
additional compensation is well deserved,” said School Board Chair Patricia Healy.

“The School Board did an excellent job aligning new and redirected resources with their adopted budget goals. While there is still work to do to improve our position in the market with regard to compensation for all employees, the School Board hit the initial target they set for teacher compensation,” said Superintendent Dr. W. Bruce Benson.

The School Board received an additional $6.47 million from the Stafford County Board of Supervisors,
which is the largest increase in several years. During the School Board meeting on May 8, 2018, several board members were very appreciative of the Board of Supervisors budget allotted to the school division.

For more information regarding the FY19 Budget with Stafford County School Board, please visit www.staffordschools.net.

 

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