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June 7, 2021

School system employees getting 5-percent raises

File Photo/Lawrence Emerson
For most of the school system’s 1,900 employees, the raises will be the most significant in years.
We are very pleased to announce this well-deserved salary increase for our staff, and appreciate the board of supervisors for working with us to make it happen.
— Donna Grove, school board chairwoman
Assuming board of supervisors’ approval this week, all Fauquier County Public Schools employees will receive 5-percent raises in fiscal 2022, which starts July 1.

The school board and county supervisors reached an agreement on funding the raises Thursday afternoon.

It will cost at total of $5.66 million. A combination of state compensation supplements, county funds and the school system’s unspent money this fiscal year will pay for the raises, going to almost 1,900 amployees.

The supervisors in March adopted a $340.6-million budget that included no guaranteed raises for county or school system employees.

County Administrator Paul S. McCulla recommended that the supervisors approve a 2.5-percent pay increase for county government and school employees that could take effect in January, depending on the financial situation.

Over the past four years, county teachers have received pay increases of zero, 3 percent, 2 percent and zero.

With a national teacher shortage, which the pandemic intensified, Fauquier schools have struggled to fill vacancies.

The school system in recent years raised pay for bus drivers, nutrition workers and other support staff members to better compete in the labor market.

“We are very pleased to announce this well-deserved salary increase for our staff, and appreciate the board of supervisors for working with us to make it happen," school board Chairwoman Donna Grove (Cedar Run District) said.

“I’m very happy for our folks,” Superintendent David Jeck said. “They deserve this raise and so much more.

“What we have witnessed over the past 15 months is just how special our staff is. We are extremely fortunate," Dr. Jeck added. "I want to thank all of the members of the board of supervisors, school board and Paul McCulla for working together in order to make this happen. They clearly support our mission.”

The supervisors formally will vote on the plant Thursday, June 10.

“I expect, based upon discussions among board of supervisors members, that the funding needed for the increase will be approved,” Mr. McCulla said.
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