Chesterfield School Board presented with FY 2022 operating budget

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Superintendent Dr. Merv Daugherty presented the Chesterfield County School Board with a proposed $759.4 million operating budget during the Board’s Jan. 26 budget work session. The budget proposal for the 2021-22 school year requires an additional $55.6 million investment in education over current budget levels.

Projected funding increases include $9.7 million in new state revenue and an additional $8.2 million in new local funding. An additional $39.6 million is needed from the state and/or local governments in order to meet state/local requirements/expectations, retain the high-quality workforce on which we rely, and serve our students appropriately. (The school division has approximately $24.3 million in a fund-balance reserve, one time funding that could be applied to this funding gap.)

“My budget proposal looks similar to the one I created last year because our priorities as a district have not changed,” Superintendent Dr. Merv Daugherty. “Attracting and retaining the best teachers to work with our students, as well as providing the resources and staffing necessary to support a diverse learning community, are the two main priorities this year’s budget proposal addresses.”

Superintendent Dr. Merv Daugherty’s proposal includes approximately $24 million to address compression and enhance compensation for teachers and other staff working on the teacher pay scale; student support services staff; school-based administrators and paraprofessionals. A third-party consultant who conducted a salary study for Chesterfield County Public Schools had these recommended goals: Offer competitive starting salaries, remedy pay compression and maintain market competitiveness. Specific solutions for pay compression for teachers and school-based administrators, as well as the reclassification of student support service positions and paraprofessionals can be found in the budget documents posted on mychesterfieldschools.com

Because Chesterfield schools serve a diverse community of learners with a variety of academic and social needs that require many resources, there also is approximately $4.5 million in new funding proposed to meet these school-specific resource and staffing needs. The School Board and Superintendent remain committed to providing our students with amazing learning experiences in remarkable learning environments. 

The $759.4 million proposed funding plan would maintain the overall academic and operational aspects of one of the largest businesses in the Richmond area during the 2021-22 school year. The proposed operating budget request

  • Funds operations for the 2021-22 school year
  • Meets state requirements and guidelines
  • Helps meet many community expectations
  • Addresses student enrollment changes
  • Serves a diverse learning community
  • Recruits and retains high-quality workforce
  • Aligns staffing with current student/school needs

During the next month, the School Board will review the budget, host three virtual community information meetings, discuss potential changes and then submit an approved budget to the Board of Supervisors. Community members are invited to learn more about the Superintendent’s proposal. Virtual town hall budget meetings will be held live on the Chesterfield County Public Schools’ Facebook page (@chesterfieldschools) and YouTube  (@ccpsva) channel on:

  • Jan. 27 from 6:30- 8 p.m.: Matoaca District
  • Jan. 28 from 6:30- 8 p.m.: Clover Hill and Midlothian Districts
  • Feb. 1 from 6:30- 8 p.m.: Bermuda and Dale Districts

Please submit any questions you may have prior to the town hall live stream. Only questions about the budget proposal will be entertained to ensure all budget questions are answered. Similar questions may be combined in order to ensure we cover as much information as possible. Questions may be submitted prior to the town hall at bit.ly/CCPS-FY2022BudgetTownHallQuestions.