Superintendent of Schools announces budget priorities for 2019-20 school year
Posted on 10/12/2018
Dr. Walts with students in library

Steve Walts, Superintendent of Schools for Prince William County Public Schools, recently shared the following statement regarding his budget priorities for the 2019-20 school year:

I have been impressed with the work I have seen in classrooms in the many schools across the county that I have had the opportunity to visit. I am also thrilled with the recent announcement that 100 percent of our schools are accredited, and that our on-time graduation rate continues to rise to a high of 92.1 percent. That’s nearly 10 percent over where we were a decade ago. This is the result of the incredible hard work of our staff, who provide PWCS students with a World-Class Education.

My top five budget priorities for next school year focus on ensuring continued, and even greater, student success:

  1. Teacher and Employee Pay – supporting our talented teachers, administrators, and staff, by providing a step increase for all eligible employees, in addition to a cost of living increase.
  2. Mental Health - mental health concerns continue for our students, and sometimes our staff. I will be recommending additional mental health supports for our students and staff, and I will continue to advocate directly with lawmakers in Richmond.
  3. Career and Technical Education and High School Programming - we want to ensure we are preparing students for life beyond PWCS. This may include college or entry directly into the workforce. I believe that it is critical that we fund Career and Technical Education programs that provide the 21st century skills necessary to thrive in the digital economy, while continuing to expand high school course offerings.
  4. Class Size – recognizing the importance of engaged students and balanced teacher workload, we will propose sustaining the investments we have made in reducing class sizes.
  5. Pre-kindergarten - students succeed when they start with a foundation of strong early education, and so I believe it is critical that we continue funding PreK programs that provide students with that chance from day one.

Note: The Superintendent’s Proposed FY 2020 Budget is scheduled for a presentation to the School Board on Feb. 6, 2019.

Watch Dr. Walts address employees with top budget priorities: