VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — Virginia Beach school officials have released the proposed budget for the next school year, which includes a 5% raise for teachers, among other items.
Virginia Beach City Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Aaron Spence presented his proposed 2021-2022 budget to the school board on Tuesday night.
The $828.8-million budget includes a raise for teachers, expanding the Spanish Immersion Program, increasing the number of guidance counselors, and more.
Here’s exactly what’s proposed, per a school division spokeswoman:
- a 5% raise for teachers (4.5% increase in cost of living adjustment (COLA) + a 0.5% step increase for all staff reaching or below top of scale)
- moving all custodians up one pay grade
- increasing the number of guidance counselors for elementary and middle schools
- expanding the Spanish Immersion Program
- supports for our growing English as a Second Language (ESL) and special education populations
- further support for the Environmental Studies Program at the Brock Center
Virginia Beach City Public Schools returned some students to the classroom on Tuesday, including pre-K through sixth-grade students and some special needs students.
Students in seventh through 12th grade are planned to return three weeks later on Feb. 23.