VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. - Virginia Beach City Public Schools superintendent announced the proposed budget for the 2021-22 school year.
On Tuesday evening, VBCPS Superintendent Dr. Aaron Spence presented his proposed $828.8 million 2021-22 budget to the School Board of the City of Virginia Beach.
The budget includes a 5% raise for teachers, which breaks down as a 4.5% increase in cost of living adjustment (COLA) plus a 0.5% step increase for all staff reaching or below top of scale.
Spence's proposed budget also calls for moving all custodians up one pay grade.
The budget calls for increasing the number of guidance counselors for elementary and middle schools and expanding the Spanish Immersion Program.
Support for the growing English as a Second Language (ESL) and special education populations as well as further support for the Environmental Studies Program at the Brock Center is also included in the budget.
Dr. Spence presentation of the proposal comes shortly after select students' return Tuesday to in-person learning.