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Stafford School Board Approves $270 Million FY 2017 Budget

The Stafford County School Board approved a Fiscal Year 2017 Operating Budget totaling $270,088,492. It’s a a 3.53 percent increase over the FY 2016 adopted budget, and
$1.7 million more than the superintendent’s recommended budget.

The budget includes teacher salary adjustments using the median pay scale enhancement process, which means a two percent salary increase for all employees, and the final one percent Virginia Retirement System required salary increase. It also includes 100.5 new positions “which address class size, student growth, and compliance issues,” according to Superintendent W. Bruce Benson.

“Ninety-five percent of the increases in the approved FY 2017 budget are for instruction, and they will have a direct impact in the classroom,” said Lance Wolff, Assistant Superintendent for Financial Services. Details of the approved budget are available on the division’s website.

The School Board also approved the Stafford County Public Schools Staffing Standards Plan, which is designed to meet the current school-based personnel needs of the division at a rate that meets or exceeds Virginia’s minimum state standards, said Associate Superintendent Pam Kahle. “The implementation of this plan is contingent upon the availability of sufficient funding to provide the necessary numbers of positions to meet the identified needs.”

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