Operating Budget

The public is invited to participate in the development of the budget by sharing their ideas, priorities and educational funding requests. For more information, call 591-4500.

Download the FY 2019 Superintendent's Proposed Budget (pdf)

Budget Timeline

  • November

    Budget requests due to Budget Department.

  • November-December

    Budget Office reviews budget requests and completes spending projections.

  • Mid-December

    Governor releases state budget for biennium.

  • January

    Preliminary estimates of revenues and expenditures presented to School Board.

  • February

    School Board Retreat on budget.

  • March 13, 2018

    Presentation of Superintendent's Proposed Budget to the School Board.

  • March 20, 2018

    School Board holds public hearing.

  • March 27, 2018

    School Board approves budget.

  • March 30, 2018

    School Board submits budget to City Council (Code of Virginia §15.2-2503).

  • April 2018

    City Council conducts two public hearings on proposed budget.

  • May 2018

    City Council appropriates funds for School Operating Budget (Code of Virginia §22.1-93).


Frequently Asked Questions

How is the Superintendent's Recommended Budget drafted?

Budget preparation begins in the fall. In October, NNPS departments are asked to consider their needs thoroughly and submit their budget requests to the Budget Office by mid-November.

In January, the Budget Office begins the discussion of the development of the budget. While keeping the real bottom line in the forefront (the education of NNPS students), the office receives regular updates on state and local funding and discusses various measures to reduce spending.

In January, each department meets with the Budget Office staff to review their budget requests and discuss ways to reduce spending. Once all department budgets are reviewed, the Budget Office compiles all of the funding requests to develop the Superintendent's budget. This budget becomes the Superintendent's Recommended Budget and is presented to the School Board during its meeting in late February.

In developing the budget, the Superintendent and his staff approach the work with one goal in mind: continuing our commitment to the education of our students by advancing our benchmarks for our schools, while maintaining the financial stability of the organization.

Where does the funding come from?

Newport News Public Schools receives operating budget revenues from three primary sources – State aid for public education, funds transferred from the City of Newport News and federal impact aid. NNPS also receives a small amount of revenue from non- resident tuition, fees and receipts from athletic activities.

What is included in the Superintendent's Proposed Budget?

The proposed budget continues funding for all of our current initiatives and departments and is aligned with our Academic Agenda benchmarks for students: achievement, advancement and youth development.

The retention and recruitment of skilled, professional staff is also highlighted. Funding is included to continue addressing salary compression among teachers and support staff, and provide a 2% salary increase for all other employees. The cost of health insurance premiums, co-pays and deductibles will remain the same for all employees participating in our healthcare plans. These investments will help our salaries remain competitive.

The proposed budget also focuses on staffing needs in three areas: English as a Second Language, school counseling and HVAC maintenance.

Since 2010, our English language learner student population has increased by 125%. The addition of seven ESL teachers will reduce the teacher/student ratio and increase the time ESL teachers have with each student. An increase in the student population enrollment at several elementary schools has amplified the need for two additional elementary school counselors.

The aging of our building climate control systems necessitates additional HVAC maintenance support. The proposed budget includes the addition of two HVAC apprentice positions to support our repair and maintenance needs and develop expert staff.

The proposed spending plan also includes funding to address some technology upgrades. Maintenance support and replacement parts for our eight-year-old phone system are no longer available. Replacing this system, which provides telephones for every classroom, is paramount for student and staff safety. In addition, replacing middle school teacher laptops and updating elementary school teacher laptops, which are five years old, will improve the technology tools we provide for our teachers.

When was the last time NNPS employees received a pay raise?

Employee wages and salaries are based on the pay plan approved by the School Board. District-wide pay increases are considered during the budget development process each year.

Salary Increase/One-Time Payment History

  • 2007-2008 school year: Teachers received an average 5 percent pay increase and other staff received an average 3 percent pay increase.

  • 2008-2009 school year: All staff received an average 3.5 percent pay increase.

  • 2009-2010 school year: No salary increase; salaries remained the same.

  • 2010-2011 school year: All staff received a one-time net payment of $500; Employee salaries remained the same.

  • 2011-2012 school year: All staff received a 1 percent pay increase and a 2 percent one-time payment.

  • 2012-2013 school year: All staff received a 1.5 percent pay increase (Virginia Retirement System eligible employees pay 1 percent to VRS).

  • 2013-2014 school year: The approved budget included a 3.5% pay increase for NNPS employees in the Virginia Retirement System pension plan (employees contribute an additional 1% to the plan) and a 4.5% increase in pay for employees in the City Retirement plan (employees contribute 2% to the pension plan).

  • 2014-2015 school year: All employees received a salary increase of 4.5%. Employees in VRS and employees in the city retirement plan contribute an additional 3% to complete the transfer of the employee share and receive a 1.5% salary increase. NNPS employees hired after July 1, 2010 are already contributing 5% to VRS; those employees would receive a 4.5% salary increase.

  • 2015-2016 school year: All employees received a salary increase of 2% in addition to a salary scale adjustment for teachers.

  • 2016-2017 school year: The second year of a pay scale adjustment for teachers resulted in a salary increase from 3.7% to 5.3% for teachers, and the hourly starting pay rate for bus drivers increased to $13.86 or drivers received a 5% raise, whichever was greater. Researched showed that NNPS bus drivers had the lowest starting pay among neighboring school divisions.

    All other employees received a salary increase of 3%.

Are there any changes proposed for health benefits?

Full-time and part-time contracted and appointed employees will continue to have access to a comprehensive benefits package which includes health, dental, vision and life insurance; retirement income; flexible spending accounts; legal resources; 403(b) and 457(b) retirement plans; and employee discounts.

There will be no increase in health insurance premiums, co-pays or deductibles for the 2018 plan year.


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