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FCPS FY 2019 Budget

FCPS Superintendent Scott Brabrand presented a $2.9 billion FY 2019 proposed budget, with a focus on employee compensation to the Fairfax County School Board on 1/11. The proposed budget represents an increase of $118.7 million (4.3%) over the FY 2018 Approved Budget. The budget includes $43.9 million for a step increase for eligible employees, and $17.9 million for the implementation of nonteacher scales (school-based administrators, clerical, custodians, psychologists, social workers, and central office personnel), to better align FCPS support pay with the market. Additionally, the budget includes $13.4 million for anticipated increase in health insurance and $15.8 million for enrollment growth and changes in student demographics.

Superintendent Brabrand: "Our focus remains on achieving success for each of the more than 189,000 students in Fairfax County Public Schools. That is why 86 percent of our budget is allocated towards instruction and my number one priority for this budget is ensuring we have the best possible teacher in every classroom. This budget continues to support our multi-year effort to improve compensation for teachers. By dedicating an additional $53.1 million to accelerate the enhancement of our teacher salary scales and align salaries more closely to the market average, we can take another step toward making FCPS competitive in the teacher job market. Great teachers are a hallmark of this school district, and we need to ensure that they will remain a part of the FCPS family." Watch the clip.

Community Meetings:

  • FCCPTA Advocacy Event with the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors:
    • With Fairfax County Board Supervisor John Foust and Fairfax County CFO Joe Mondoro. Presentation will be followed by a Q&A period.
    • Thursday, March 15 from 7 - 9 p.m. at Fairfax County Government Center
    • Light refreshments will be provided
    • Agenda
    • Register to Attend
    • Survey to ask your pre-event questions in advance

Timeline: The School Board adopted its Advertised Budget on February 8 and present to the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, April 10. The overall budget process ends in May with the School Board's adoption of the Approved Budget. FCPS FY 2019 begins July 1, 2018. Learn more about the budget calendar.

Quick Links:

Safety at Home and Safety at School Panel

The FCCPTA is hosting a panel on what parents can do to curb gun violence on Tuesday, March 20 at 6:30 p.m. with Lori Hass (VA State Director for the Educational Fund to Stop Gun Violence), Mary Ann Panarelli (FCPS Director of Intervention and Prevention Services), Tom Vaccarello (FCPS Director of Safety & Security), Karen Corbett-Sanders (FCPS School Board), Ruth Hoffman (Moms Demand Action, and Ella Wogaman (Students Demand Action).

If you are interested, please RSVP here so the FCCPTA can ensure room reserved is large enough. The panel will follow an update from Superintendent Braband and some short FCCPTA meeting items.

Community Meeting: American Legion Bridge and Traffic Congestion

  • With Delegate Kathleen Murphy and U.S. Representative Barbara Comstock
  • Date in April and location to be announced

Advocacy at the CRS PTA

Did you know that the PTA is the oldest and largest volunteer child advocacy association in the United States? The National PTA has a long, successful history of influencing federal policy to promote the education, health and well-being of all children - priorities today include family engagement in education, quality education for all children, adequate funding for education, child health and nutrition, safe schools and communities, and fair Juvenile Justice laws.

At the CRS PTA, we work with our local officials (such as the School Board, Board of Supervisors, delegates, etc.) to advocate for our CRS community. Some of the issues we advocate for include reducing class sizes, addressing teacher pay gaps, and ensuring adequate education funding. Plus we work to make sure you are informed of issues that could impact your student or opportunities to be engaged in shaping education direction at FCPS - empowering you to be an advocate for your child and our community. 

FCCPTA Budget Ideas Form

FCCPTA (Fairfax County Council of PTAs) seeks your input on its budget ideas form on what should be the priorities for Fairfax County Public Schools. Let us know so FCCPTA can inform your local elected officials.



Thank the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors for making school funding a top priority and urge them to continue to invest in our school system. FCPS is primarily funded by Fairfax County (71.2 percent), with contributions from Virginia (22.9 percent), other sources (4.3 percent) and the federal government (1.6 percent). More than 85 percent of the FCPS budget goes toward instruction. FCPS is the second largest local economic driver for Fairfax County behind the federal government with a local impact of $2.2 billion.


The Fairfax County School Board is charged with setting general school policy and establishing guidelines that will ensure the proper administration of FCPS program. Share your thoughts on priorities for school funding and other school matters with our delegates. You can also speak at a board meeting - sign up here. Interested in what's being discussed at school board meetings? You can access meeting minutes and videos here.


There are opportunities that can fit into any schedule, such as volunteering to hand out materials at a school event, responding to action alerts, or attending monthly meetings.




Churchill Teachers Speak Out: Letter to the Editor 

Q: I’m always hearing that people are applying for teaching jobs at FCPS, so it shouldn’t matter if some teachers leave for better paying school districts. Why is that such a big concern?

A: It is true that FCPS receives many resumes each year from applicants interested in teaching positions. But, that does not mean that all—or even most—of them meet FCPS’ standards. Additionally, employee turnover comes at a price. It costs more to attract and hire new employees than it does to keep the ones already on staff. FCPS’ employees are what make this school system so great. Offering competitive salaries and benefits is critical to keeping outstanding employees.

Reprinted from February 6, 2015 Rumor Busters, The Bottom Line