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School Board Recap: Feb. 22, 2022
Posted on 02/23/2022
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The Roanoke School Board on Feb. 22 unanimously approved the preliminary categorical budget for the 2022-2023 School Year, which includes significant raises for all employees.

"Our people are our most important resource," Superintendent White said. "We want them to know that they are valued, they are heard, and they are appreciated."

The new starting salary for teachers will be $48,000. The entire professional pay scale will move up accordingly, with an expected average raise of 14%. Currently, the starting salary for a new teacher with a bachelor's degree is $42,420.

The new minimum starting pay for classified employees will be $15 per hour, and the entire pay scale will also move up accordingly. Raises will vary, but the expected average raise will be a 25% increase.

The administrator pay scale will move up 6% for an average expected raise of 7.5%.

Superintendent White called the raises a "key tool" in retaining RCPS' excellent workforce and recruiting new staff to fill existing vacancies and new positions.

The adopted preliminary budget includes support for both personnel and non-personnel needs. In addition to salary increases, the budget adds additional positions, includes funds for expansion of academic programs, supports projects outlined in the Capital Improvement Plan, and more.

The budget also includes continued funding for comprehensive benefits for all full-time employees, including retirement; low or no-cost medical insurance; vision and dental coverage; life insurance; employee assistance program; and wellness initiative.

In addition, the budget allows RCPS to add the following new positions:

  • Additional teaching positions to reduce class sizes in core subject areas
  • Additional part-year teaching positions in preparation for expansion of Career & Technical Education Offerings
  • Positions to enable expansion of recruitment, hiring, and retention; professional growth opportunities; and communication
  • Youth development position

The budget also includes evaluation and selection of new textbooks for multiple subjects, growth of the Advancement Via Individual Determination Program, competitive substitute pay rates, support of projects outlined in the Capital Improvement Plan, and more.

Superintendent White noted the budget is not finalized because the General Assembly and City Council are still finalizing their budgets. Should changes need to be made, the budget will be adjusted accordingly.

Capital Improvement Plan

The School Board also approved the five-year 2023-2027 Capital Improvement Plan, which prioritizes projects and provides an extended 10-year look at what’s to come with maintenance and construction.

The plan was previously presented at the Feb. 8 School Board meeting. Click here for more details.

Strategic Plan

The Board also adopted the six-year 2022-2028 Strategic Plan, "The Roadmap to Student Success."

The draft plan was presented Feb. 8 to provide time for the community to share feedback. More than 150 community members submitted feedback calling for:

  • A more intentional focus on the Arts
  • Inclusion of our environmental initiatives
  • Clarifying language to highlight a focus on mathematics
  • A focus on instruction for English learners
  • Families to be able to see themselves and their role
  • And professional development for our teachers that builds on the expertise of a consortium of educators

The plan was updated with this feedback in mind, and language was also clarified around existing goals.

The approved plan can be reviewed here.

To replay the February 22nd School Board special meeting and workshop, click here. The next School Board meeting is at 6:30 p.m. on March 7 at William Fleming High School.

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