Alexandria City School Board Approves Staff Compensation Budget

ALEXANDRIA, VA – On February 10, 2022, the Alexandria City School Board voted to approve the Fiscal Year 2023 Combined Funds Budget, following its initial January 6, 2022 proposal.

“I thank the school board for approving our fiscal year 2023 budget which allows our school division to continue to invest in the future of our students and in our staff who work so hard to help our students learn and flourish,” said Superintendent Dr. Gregory C. Hutchings, Jr.

This $345.8 million budget is focused on staff compensation, improving extracurricular learning, and social, emotional, and academic support for K-12 students.

Staff compensation will include a competitive salary and benefits package, an average 2.6% salary step increase and a market rate adjustment of 2.5% for eligible staff, as well as a one-time payment of 2% of base salary for those who are not eligible. These changes will allow CSGA to continue to recruit and retain quality staff.

Chief Financial Officer Dominic Turner adds, “This budget aims to strengthen our recruitment and retention efforts by increasing teacher salaries by more than 5%, maintaining high-quality health care benefits and providing resources staff to develop their careers.

The budget also includes increased support for maintaining and improving learning spaces, support for K-4 literacy, equitable identification of talented and gifted (TAG) students from Black students and and high school graduation rates among Hispanic male students, and expanded access and improved quality of out-of-school learning.

While virtual learning has enabled staff to rethink educational opportunities and teaching delivery, it has also posed social and emotional challenges for staff and students. The Elementary and Secondary Schools Emergency Relief (ESSER) funds, which are part of this combined budget, will continue to assist with recovery from learning loss and resolution of trauma experienced during the pandemic.

In 2021, CSPA experienced the highest graduation rate ever of 91% and the lowest school division dropout rate of 5% in 2021. These funds will help continue to pursue and build part of this remarkable number.

“The school board thanks the members of the community who shared their comments with us during this budget process. We value our partnership with the Superintendent, Staff, City Manager, and Alexandria City Council to ensure we have a school division budget that allows CSPA to continue to support its students and their families, retain highly qualified personnel and to provide the tools to our students. ‘academic and social-emotional learning needs,’” said school board chair Meagan L. Alderton.

In keeping with its commitment to put racial equity at the heart of all of its decision-making, the school board’s approved budget supports the continued direction and implementation of the 2025: Equity for All strategic plan. A summary of the budget process is available on CSPA’s budget webpage. View the school board memo with budget information (PDF) from the February 10, 2022 board meeting.

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