Consideration of the school division’s FY25 budget continued at the School Board’s February 6 Work Session. To attract and retain top-quality teachers and staff, considerable investment is necessary to compete with salaries offered in neighboring school divisions and industries.
Absent any additional funding from the state (currently just $100,000 above FY24 funding levels, as outlined in Governor Youngkin’s proposed FY25 budget), WJCC Schools anticipates asking the city and county for about $8.3 million more than was allocated last year to make necessary investments in all facets of a robust learning environment. The average year-over-year allocation in new funds from the city and county is $2.5 million. Advocacy at the state level is critical to ensure the funding burden doesn’t fall exclusively to the local community. Review this advocacy sheet and contact your elected officials to advocate for investment in public schools.
The Superintendent’s Proposed Budget will be presented to the School Board during its next meeting on Tuesday, February 20. Click to review the February 6 agenda or the meeting video.