VBCPS - Charting the Course
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Eileen Cox
Date: 03/07/17 Phone: 757.263.1075
News Release No. 049 Fax: 757.263.1010
Email: eileen.cox@vbschools.com

School Board approves balanced operating budget and requests additional funds to begin full-day kindergarten program

In its Tuesday, March 7 meeting, the Virginia Beach School Board approved a $748.1 million budget for the 2017-2018 school year. Among the initiatives included in this plan are a 2 percent raise for all staff, flat health care costs for employees and the allocation of 40 positions to help strategically reduce class sizes at the secondary level.

In addition, the School Board passed a second resolution asking City Council for $14 million to begin the multiyear phase in of a full-day kindergarten program beginning next school year. A portion of the requested funds would also be used for the required local match to expand pre-kindergarten programs under the Virginia Pre-School Initiative. Unspent funds from this request could be used to support the division's Capital Improvement Plan or fund unmet one-time needs such as bus and technology replacements.

“As educators we know the value of increased learning time for both the social-emotional development of our young students and their academic growth, particularly in reading and math,” said Superintendent Dr. Aaron Spence. “Our community and City leaders clearly understand those benefits as well. In fact, a robust early education program is identified as a priority in the City's strategic plan.”

City Council will consider the School Board's budget plan as well as the additional funding request as it develops a municipal budget. By State law, City Council must pass its budget by mid-May.

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