Superintendent Scott S. Brabrand Presents FCPS Budget for FY 2019
Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) Superintendent Scott S. Brabrand presented a $2.9 billion Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 Proposed Budget, with a focus on employee compensation, to the Fairfax County School Board at its business meeting on January 11. The FY 2019 Proposed Budget represents an increase of $118.7 million, or 4.3 percent, over the FY 2018 Approved Budget.
“Our focus remains on achieving success for each of the more than 189,000 students in Fairfax County Public Schools,” said Brabrand. “This is why 86 percent of our budget is allocated towards instruction and my number one priority for this budget is ensuring we have the best possible teacher in every classroom.
“This budget continues to support our multi-year effort to improve compensation for teachers,” said Brabrand. “By dedicating an additional $53.1 million to accelerate the enhancement of our teacher salary scales and align salaries more closely to the market average, we can take another step toward making FCPS competitive in the teacher job market. Great teachers are a hallmark of this school district, and we need to ensure that they will remain a part of the FCPS family.”
The proposed budget includes $43.9 million for a step increase for eligible employees, and $17.9 million for the implementation of nonteacher scales (school-based administrators, clerical, custodians, psychologists, social workers, and central office personnel), to better align FCPS support pay with the market. The FY 2019 budget also includes $13.4 million for anticipated increases in health insurance.
“Since becoming Superintendent in July, I have made it a priority to visit as many schools as possible,” he continued. “It is exciting and rewarding to watch our students and teachers at work. They are eager to share their efforts and successes with me, which reaffirms our dedication to keeping the focus on the students, the teachers, and the classroom.”
The FY 2019 budget also includes $15.8 million for enrollment growth and changes in student demographics.
The presentation of the FY 2019 Proposed Budget is the starting point of the budget process, which ends in May with the School Board’s adoption of the Approved Budget. FCPS FY 2019 begins July 1, 2018.
The Fairfax County School Board will hold a work session on Monday, January 22, and public hearings on the FY 2019 budget on Monday, January 29 (and January 30 and 31, if needed). An additional budget work session is scheduled for Thursday, February 1.
The School Board will adopt its Advertised Budget on February 8 and present to the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, April 10.
Note: For more information, contact the FCPS Office of Budget Services at 571-423-3600.