The Hanover County School Board has approved its budget request for next year, one that includes a 3 percent raise for employees.
At Tuesday’s meeting, the board endorsed Hanover schools Superintendent Michael Gill’s proposed budget, sending it to the county’s Board of Supervisors. The operating budget totals $194.7 million, and the capital improvement plan adds up to more than $78 million over five years.
The $194.7 million operating budget represents a 5.1 percent increase over the current school year’s $185.3 million budget. The board did not discuss the budget before unanimously approving it.
The raise for all employees, effective July 1, would cost about $4.5 million, but it’s contingent on state funding. Lawmakers are debating whether to fund Gov. Ralph Northam’s proposal to give a 5 percent raise to teachers, which would include Hanover’s 3 percent raise. Hanover school employees received a 2 percent raise last year.
The approved budget also changes the school district’s teacher pay plan, making it so there’s at least a $200 difference in pay scale steps.
“[The budget is] really going to be helpful for the staff,” said Gene Matthews, president of Hanover Education Association.
As part of the spending plan, Hanover will send eight more students — for a total of 24 — to CodeRVA, a regional magnet school in Richmond that focuses on computer science. The budget also eliminates the athletic fee for lacrosse, the only sport in the county where students have to “pay to play.”
A county budget must still be presented to the Board of Supervisors, which will set a budget for next year. The School Board will then adopt its budget.
Also at Tuesday’s meeting, the School Board signed off on next school year’s calendar.
School will start Sept. 3, the day after Labor Day, and the final day for students will be June 11, 2020. Families will have a full two weeks off in the winter, with no school from Dec. 23 to Jan. 3, 2020.
Election Day in November will be a student holiday, and the day of the presidential primary (March 3, 2020) will be a day off for students and staff.
Spring break is scheduled for April 6-10.