Faculty and staff from the county school system could be seeing a pay increase in the next fiscal year.
It’s one feature of a proposed fiscal 2024 budget presented by LaTanya McDade, superintendent of Prince William County Public Schools (PWCS).
McDade provided details on the estimated $1.6 billion proposal to School Board members on Wednesday.
If the spending plan is approved, employees would receive, on average, a 5 percent raise.
The proposed budget includes funding for 14 instructional coaches and the hiring of 75 special education teacher assistants.
Support for three more pre-kindergarten classes and safety and security personnel are a part of the budget proposal, as well.
Funding for proposed budget
The fiscal 2024 budget proposal is about $98.4 million more than the fiscal 2023 budget.
If approved by the School Board and Board of County Supervisors (BOCS), the fiscal 2024 budget would receive an estimated $776.3 million from Prince William County. This is an increase of about $57.2 million. The school division would also be supported by about $761.7 million in state funding – an estimated $30 million increase – and approximately $42.4 million in federal dollars – an estimated $93,000 increase.
Budget updates, as well as the presentation and executive summary of the proposed fiscal 2024 budget can be found on the PWCS website.
A public meeting about the budget and Capital Improvements Program (CIP) is expected to take place on February 6, and a public hearing is scheduled for February 15.
The Prince William County School Board plans to approve the budget and CIP on March 15. The budget is expected to be shared with the BOCS on April 4.
School Board meetings typically start at 7 p.m. on the first and third Wednesday of the month. They are held at the Kelly Leadership Center, 14715 Bristow Road in Manassas.
BOCS meetings are on Tuesdays, starting at 2 p.m. and may continue at 7:30 p.m. They normally take place in the Board Chambers at the McCoart Building, 1 County Complex Court in Prince William.