School Board Approves FCPS Budget Focused on COVID-19 Recovery
The Fairfax County School Board has unanimously approved a Budget for FY 2022 that places the well-being of all students, staff, and families at its core during a time where the county's finances have been greatly impacted by the pandemic.
The FY22 Approved Budget prioritizes and funds resources that support our students’ academic and social-emotional needs including increasing technology support for students and their families. A total of 86% of the $3.4 billion budget will go directly to instruction and instructional support with 50 new positions for English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) students, funding for school-based technology specialists, and 18 new social workers and psychologist positions to keep pace with state requirements and better support students as they transition back to five days of in-person learning.
The approved budget also absorbs technology support fees, which were formerly charged to families in recognition that technology is now an integral part of the instructional program and recognizes the sacrifices and commitment of Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) teachers and staff during the pandemic with a 2% Market Scale Adjustment (MSA) for all employees.
“We recognize that the past year has been incredibly difficult for our community. This budget is designed to help staff, students, and families get back on their feet after the pandemic as quickly as possible. We hope this budget will serve to acknowledge the extraordinary contributions of our staff and provide much needed support to our students,” said School Board Chair Ricardy Anderson.
The FY22 Approved Budget, represents an increase or just 0.5%, from the FY21 Approved Budget excluding one-time allocations from the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) Fund.
The county and state provide 87.4% of the school division’s operating revenue, with the county contributing 64.3%, and the state contributing 23.1%. FCPS’ FY21 cost per pupil ranks in the middle when compared with other Washington Area Boards of Education (WABE) school divisions - at $16,505 per pupil.
“We cannot wait to see our students and staff back in the classroom for five days of in-person instruction in the fall. This is a budget that continues to build on FCPS’ tradition of excellence while also giving the school division the supports needed to ensure all students are able to thrive in a post-pandemic climate,” said Superintendent Scott S. Brabrand.
The FCPS FY22 budget begins July 1, 2021.