The Prince William County School Board on Wednesday accepted a fiscal 2025 funds and Capital Improvements Program that will increase worker pay and delays development of the county’s 14th highschool.

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The Edward L. Kelly Leadership Center serves as the executive workplace facility for Prince William County Schools. (Courtesy Prince William County Schools)

The Prince William County School Board on Wednesday accepted a fiscal 2025 funds and Capital Improvements Program that will increase worker pay and delays development of the county’s 14th highschool, a proposal that received significant community pushback.

The accepted funds contains extra objects the college division added on the School Board’s March 13 work session. Those included telehealth providers for all college students to help psychological well being wants throughout all faculties, funding for an extra human trafficking specialist, extra administrative interns on the center and highschool ranges and an extra 3% step improve for lecturers with 19 and 20 years of expertise, amongst different funds strains.

The proposed funds initially included a rise for lecturers with 12 to 18 years of expertise, and now will probably be prolonged from 12 to twenty, whereas additionally lifting the expertise cap for years of educating service to 25 years.

The extra funding allocations will add roughly $8.3 million to the funds, which was initially proposed at $1.78 billion.

The funds contains a mean 6% pay improve for workers. With a compounding impact over 5 years, Prince William’s common trainer wage improve will whole 28.2%, in keeping with the college system.

In addition to wage will increase, the college division added $71 million to varied wage scales to enhance the division’s potential to retain and recruit workers.

The funds additionally focuses funding on early childhood and special education, with funding for the addition of 125 new trainer assistants service college students with particular wants, 23 kindergarten trainer assistants, 15.5 studying specialists and a stipend for Individualized Education Plan case managers.

By approving each the fiscal 2025 funds and the Capital Improvements Program, the School Board agreed to the overall funds of over $2.025 billion.

Occoquan District School Board member Richard Jessie was the lone no vote, because the funds and CIP handed in a 7-1 vote. Jessie beforehand acknowledged his opposition to the Capital Improvements Program due to its inclusion of plans to delay the development of the county’s 14th highschool to the 2029-30 college yr.

Loree Williams, who represents the Woodbridge District on the School Board, mentioned she helps the funds and the delay for the 14th highschool, primarily as a result of it means the college division can have time to pause and research enrollment.

“For the primary time since I’ve been sitting on this board for 10 years, we’ll have the chance to check our enrollment in a analysis data-based method that may give this board the flexibility to make a particularly knowledgeable choice on our boundaries,” Williams mentioned.

Chairman At-Large Dr. Babur Lateef mentioned he was largely in help of the funds and felt it precisely mirrored the commitments specified by the college division’s strategic plan, though he famous he understood the frustrations of neighborhood members concerning the delayed 14th highschool.

“Investing in our faculties is investing in our future and it’s completely clear on this funds that we’ve dedicated to try this together with all 4 commitments within the strategic plan,” Lateef mentioned. “The funds stays in strict constancy to the plan, is strongly aligned with the work that now we have been doing, the work that we have to get carried out and the place we’re going.”

The Board of County Supervisors will overview the funds and Capital Improvements Program on April 2, with closing approval set for April 23.