School Board Approves FY17 Proposed Budget The Arlington School Board adopted its FY 2017 proposed budget at last night’s meeting. The School Board’s proposed budget totals $581,941,859 which includes the use of an additional $540,000 from the Future Budget Years Reserve. The School Board’s proposed budget also includes an adjusted deficit of $3.4 million. “This budget addresses the School Board’s budget direction and is the culmination of our collaboration with staff, citizen advisory committee members, and employee groups,” said School Board Chair Dr. Emma Violand-Sanchez. “It follows our budget direction and is a reflection of what we value and shows our commitment to serve the needs of our students and our dedicated staff. This budget provides funding to launch our new Arlington Tech program, supports our focus to meet the needs of the whole child, and addresses our growing enrollment.” She continued, “To retain and recruit the highest quality staff, this budget includes funding to provide a compensation increase to all employees.” Since the Superintendent proposed his budget in February, the Commonwealth of Virginia has provided an additional $513,138 in revenue and the School Board’s budget adds $189,118 to fund staffing to reflect the updated Spring Enrollment Projections for the 2016-17 school year. There is also an additional $0.32 million to fund the increase in the Virginia Retirement System Group Life Insurance Rate. In addition, the School Board approved adjusting the Superintendent’s proposed compensation increases totaling $9.6 million, including the following: Salaries:
- A step increase for all eligible employees ($7.6 million)
- An increase of 1.75% for eligible employees at the top of the salary scale or on a longevity step ($2.4 million)
- An increase in the minimum wage to $14.50 per hour ($150,000)
- An increase in School Board salaries ($14,760)
- Implementation of a parental leave benefit of two weeks of paid leave ($0.5 million)
- An increase in the Live Where You Work program to provide additional grants as well as the implementation of rental assistance grants (similar to the County’s program) at a cost of $68,700
“Our budget reinforces excellence in education for all of our students and is a reflection of our commitment to serve the needs of our students, staff and community,” said Violand-Sanchez. “I look forward to working with our colleagues on the County Board, and am confident that we will continue to collaborate to provide the best education for all of our students and meet the needs of our entire community.” The School Board will hold a Public Hearing on its FY17 Proposed Budget at its next meeting on April 21, and is expected to adopt the final FY17 Budget on May 5. For more information and to see last night’s presentation, visit www.apsva.us/budget.