Prince William County School Board Adopts Fiscal Year 2023 Budget
Posted on 03/16/2022
Prince William County Public Schools Budget Graphic

Invests in Teachers and Students

On March 16, 2022, the Prince William County School Board voted to adopt the PWCS Fiscal Year 2023 Budget. The budget invests more than $80 million to provide teachers and staff with a 4.2% cost of living adjustment and a step increase, resulting in an average pay increase of 7%.

This investment also includes market-based improvements to certified/instructional and classified employee pay scales. As a result of these adjustments, PWCS salaries will be more competitive. These increases will target primarily early and mid-career steps on our scale, where PWCS has the least parity with other school divisions competing for talent. As such, some instructional and certified staff will see increases above 7%.

“This outstanding budget enables us to advance many of the priorities outlined in our PWCS Vision 2025, Launching Thriving Futures Strategic Plan,” said Prince William County School Board Chairman At-Large, Dr. Babur B. Lateef, M.D. “It is now imperative that the General Assembly finish their work and pass the funding critical to support our teachers and classrooms.”

The adopted budget invests nearly $10 million in additional special education resources. This includes the proposed addition of 100 full-time special education teaching assistants, who will provide much-needed support for the most vulnerable students. In addition, the budget includes the hiring of 13 assistive technology specialists. These experts are critical to supporting student voice and engagement in the classroom.

The budget includes the addition of 88 full-time kindergarten teaching assistants to support the critical development of early learners. In support of families, the budget includes the addition of 35 parent liaisons, with the long-term goal of at least one for every school in the next four years. This budget also includes five additional social worker positions, and additional language translations support. Additionally, to support students and families with post-secondary planning, and career and technical education opportunities, the budget adds 15 career counselors.

Having safe and healthy schools is fundamental. In support of this, the budget proposes the hiring of 30 security specialists along with infrastructure upgrades of cameras and emergency systems. It also includes the hiring of an additional 14 nurses to further bolster this critical role and reduce the high student to nurse ratio.

The total PWCS Fiscal Year 2023 operating revenue will increase by about $187.2 million or 15.2% over Fiscal Year 2022. Prince William County revenue to the PWCS Operating Fund will be about $62.3 million more than Fiscal Year 2022, an increase of 9.4%. State revenue will be about $121.6 million more than Fiscal Year 2022, an increase of 19.9%.

The budget also includes funding for the PWCS Capital Improvements Program (CIP) that focuses on the need for new facilities and additions to address growth. The CIP also funds multiple renovation projects and advances PWCS sustainability goals.

The budget funds the resources needed at the central level to operate more efficiently and effectively in support of schools to advance academic progress. As the largest employer in Prince William County, recruiting, onboarding, and supporting employees requires an adequate number of human resources, finance, and support staff to provide timely and systematic support.

The Board of County Supervisors will consider the budget before May 1.