Team Chesterfield staff members and families,
My proposed fiscal year 2023 budget has three main priorities:
It goes without saying that these are always priorities, but given our current climate and circumstances, we must take the necessary steps to provide the compensation our staff so richly deserves, provide the staffing levels and support our growing and diverse student population needs and provide facilities that are maintained, improved and can accommodate our student growth.
The proposed operating budget presented to the School Board totals $846.8 million. If that seems like a big investment, think of it this way: If CCPS were a business, it would be one of the largest Fortune 500-sized companies in the Richmond-metro area. To be successful — to ensure success for our students — requires a significant investment. In turn, our community remains a choice community; we know that our outstanding school system is one of the top reasons people move to Chesterfield.
This proposed budget would fund our operational costs for the 2022-23 school year while providing the needed resources to meet our many state requirements and guidelines, reach community expectations, address growth in student enrollment, recruit and retain a high-quality workforce and align staffing with current student and school needs.
We continue to work through a national teacher shortage, and we are seeing difficulty in filling many other positions as well. In 2020, we worked with a third-party vendor to begin the first part of a salary study that looked at teachers, school administrators and some additional related positions. In October 2021, we began a second study that will look at all remaining positions in our division. We are committed to fairly compensating our employees; we know this is an imperative step to recruit and retain the very best workforce and be competitive in this market.
The budget proposal includes an additional $85.6 million investment in education over our fiscal year 2022 budget levels, which includes a $59.6 million increase in workforce investment, $21.4 million additional for student needs and an $11.8 million increase in infrastructure investment.
Projected funding increases include $46.3 million in state revenue and $15.7 million in new local funding. However, an additional $23.8 million is needed from the state and/or local governments to meet state/local requirements/expectations, recruit and retain the best talent and serve our students appropriately.
This document details what is proposed, with the largest investment in our workforce. We must keep our focus on what matters most and work to meet our needs in a way that will propel our division forward. We are thankful for our collaboration with the county, and we look forward to continuing our work with county leaders over the coming weeks.
Dr. Merv Daugherty
Superintendent Merv Daugherty talks with President Ben Pearson-Nelson of the Chesterfield County Council of PTAs about the proposed budget and advocating for public education.
The following town hall meetings are planned. Click here for the budget calendar.