Chesterfield County announces additional funding for teachers

Chesterfield County allocates $10 million to teacher pay

CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. (WWBT) - Many Chesterfield teachers could start seeing bigger paychecks over time, as the county unveiled a plan to spend millions of dollars on boosting pay.

While it’s not a done deal yet, Monday afternoon, county leaders said the Board of Supervisors wants to provide an additional $10 million to teacher pay. Leaders say this is a way to prioritize the more than 4,000 teachers in the county.

Teacher pay decompression helps ensure teachers’ pay is equal to their years of service in the county. Overall, the Board of Supervisors budget, which will not be made public until March, includes $30 million for salary decompression for teachers as well as public safety employees.

According to CCPS, a recent study in the county found that starting teacher pay rates are similar to the market average, but the gap widens because of slower pay progression.

Salary Study from the FY2022 Proposed Budget for CCPS
Salary Study from the FY2022 Proposed Budget for CCPS (Source: CCPS)

In a January presentation, Superintendent Merv Daughtery proposed $23.2 million to decompress teacher pay.

“Just to help our friends at the school board, we felt as though we would take their budget up to $18 million-plus, which is $10 million more than we had in December. This is the strength of the local economy even in a pandemic - with property and sales taxes, we are comfortable saying this is part of the base revenues that we will be giving the schools,” Chesterfield County Administrator Dr. Joseph Casey said. ”All we are trying to do today is illustrate to our friends at the school board,--we have had recent discussions with the board chair and vice chair--to know the local government is behind them.”

The school board is scheduled to meet Thursday to further discuss its budget.

CCPS released the following statement to NBC12 about the Board of Supervisors announcement:

“We sincerely appreciate that the county government and Board of Supervisors have stepped forward to address the salary compression issues for teachers in Chesterfield County. This issue has lingered for far too long, and no doubt has cost our school division great teachers in the past. Our outstanding educators truly are a large part of the reason why families choose Chesterfield County Public Schools as the place to raise their children. We look forward to continued dialogue throughout the coming school year about how to address other important issues that remain unfunded.”

You can watch the full announcement below:

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