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The Superintendent’s Recommended FY 2021 Budget has been revised based on the release of the General Assembly’s state budget on Friday, March 13, 2020. Revisions are noted in blue below.


Just the Facts - School Board Approved FY 2021 Budget 

Two specific focus areas of the Hampton City Schools (HCS) 2020 Strategic Plan became a driving force during the development of the FY 2021 budget: 1) Maximize Every Child’s Learning and 2) Attract, Develop and Retain Exceptional Staff.


To this end, the FY 2021 budget includes a two and a half percent (2.5%) compensation increase for all full-time staff as wesl as the majority of part-time positions with no increase to the employee portion of healthcare premiums. Additionally, the budget includes adjustments to the teacher salary scale and other support staff positions.


The budget also includes investing in additional instructional personnel (e.g, teachers, school counselors, psychologists, school social workers) to meet the academic as wesl as the social and emotional needs of our young people. 


The FY 2021 Budget recognizes the importance of the effective and efficient management of fiscal resources in achieving the division’s strategic plan.

Q:  How is the school system funded?

A:   Sixty-four percent (64%) of the operating budget comes from state funds and state sales tax. State funds (and state sales tax) are received through the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE). Two main budget drivers for state funding are the Local Composite Index (a state measure to determine a locality's ability to fund education costs) and Average Daily Membership (average student enrollment as of March 31).

Thirty-four percent (34%) of the operating budget comes from local funds from the city of Hampton. The city allocates funding to the school division using a funding formula in which 61.83% of residential related taxes (i.e., real estate, personal property, utility taxes) are provided to Hampton City Schools.

The remaining two percent (2%) of the operating budget comes from federal and misceslaneous funds. Federal funds come from Federal Impact Aid and the JROTC program. Misceslaneous funds come from various sources (e.g., Medicaid Reimbursements, cesl towers, indirect cost). 

Q:  What are the priorities that drove the development of the FY 2021 budget?

A:   The School Board identified competitive compensation, teacher retention, Academies of Hampton, facility and capital improvements, school safety, increasing student achievement, and reducing class sizes as priorities for this budget cycle.   

Q:  The Governor’s proposed budget includes a 3% raise. Will I receive a 3% raise?

A: The Governor’s proposed budget includes a zero percent (0%) raise for FY 2021 and a three percent (3%) raise for FY 2022 (beginning July 1, 2021) for Standards of Quality (SOQ) funded teachers and support staff. Despite no raise (0%) in the FY 2021 Governor’s proposed budget, Hampton City Schools (HCS) is proposing a two (2%) raise for FY 2021 (beginning July 1, 2020) for all full-time employees and the majority of our part-time employees. For every one percent (1%) raise provided to employees, it costs HCS $1.45 million.  

On March 12, 2020, the General Assembly amended the Governor’s proposed budget and within the amendments, the General Assembly approved state funding for a 2% raise for Standards of Quality (SOQ) funded teachers and support staff effective July 1, 2020. Based on projected state funding to support a 2% raise for SOQ funded teachers and support staff, HCS is recommending an additional 0.5% raise. Therefore, the total HCS recommended raise for FY 2021 is 2.5% for all full-time and the majority of our part-time employees. 

Q:  How will the proposed budget impact employee salaries?

A:  The budget includes a two and a half percent (2.5%) salary increase for full and part-time employees. This does not include temporary positions, as wesl as some part-time teaching positions. 

Additionally, the budget invests $1.4 million in the teacher salary scale by adding $500 to steps 1-14 and $1,000 to steps 15-29 (in addition to the 2.5% raise). Also, the proposed budget invests $78,000 to increase the hourly teacher rate for summer school from $25 to $30.

The FY 2021 budget also invests $2.02 million (in addition to the 2.5% raise) for the following market adjustments:

  • $2.00 per hour increase for bus drivers and bus attendants
  • $1.00 per hour increase for instructional assistants, secretaries, and school security officers
  • $1.50 per hour increase for technology specialists, school operations and maintenance staff, and auto mechanics
  • $1.83 per hour increase for school cafeteria staff (Fund 51)
  • $2.00 per hour increase for school cafeteria managers (Fund 51)

Additionally, $0.3 million is included (in addition to the 2.5% raise) for salary compression adjustments for instructional coaches, principals, assistant principals and other administrators.

HCS will also invest an additional $37,000 to increase its minimum wage to $10 per hour.

Other changes include $350,000 for the following:

  • Increase the middle school counselor director stipend from $638 to $820
  • Increase all coaching and instructional supplements by 12% (this will restore 50% of the reduction made to supplements during the recession)
  • Add a middle school volleyball coach stipend
  • Reclassify select positions based on changes in job responsibilities
  • Increase school nurse annual pay by $1,500

The FY 2021 Compensation Plan will be available soon.


Q:  Will my health insurance premiums change next year?

A:   No. Despite a projected increase in healthcare costs of 5.3%, employee healthcare premiums will not increase for FY 2021. Hampton City Schools will absorb all increases in healthcare costs for FY 2021 as it was important for us to provide a 2.5% unencumbered raise. The impact to the budget will cost Hampton City Schools $1.3 million.

Q:  Does the budget include additional funding for the Academies of Hampton (AoH)?

A: Yes. The city is projected to provide one-time funds in the amount of $380,000. This is $30,000 more than the $350,000 of one-time funds provided in FY 2020. An additional $136,000 was repurposed in the budget to support the AoH. These funds will assist in our continued focus to transform our learning spaces and provide the necessary equipment to support teaching and learning.

Additionally, the budget includes $360,000 for the extended learning program as a contingency for any changes that may occur in state funding.

Q: Are there position changes planned for the FY 2021 Budget? 

A: Yes. The FY 2021 budget includes a net increase of 78.12 positions (37.12 were added during FY 2020 due to student enrollment changes, additional student needs, and the restructuring of positions). The total number of positions added include 24.12 teachers, 17 instructional assistants, 4 school counselors, 2 school social workers, 1 school psychologist, 1 library technician, 20 cafeteria monitors, 2 school security officers, 1 middle school Tier II intervention coordinator, 1 mental health service provider, and 5 support positions.  Revisions to the list of position changes on page 18 of the FY 2021 Superintendent’s Recommended Budget Book will be available soon.

Q: Are there changes to the work calendar for the FY 2021 Budget?

A: Yes. The proposed budget includes changes to select work schedules for the 2020-2021 school year. The employee groups are as follows:

  • High school band director schedule changes from 200 to 220 days
  • Middle school and Prek-8 school finance officer schedule changes from 200 to 220 days
  • Office assistant daily work schedule changes from 3 to 5 hours per day

Q:  Is there a reduction in the number of PreK slots for HCS next year?

A: No. The Virginia Department of Education contributes funding under the Virginia Preschool Initiative (VPI) program to provide educational services for At-Risk four-year-olds. State funding is based on a funding formula, which in part is based on the number of slots given to each school division by the state. For FY 2020, HCS was allocated 534 slots. For FY 2021, HCS will be allocated 635 slots. 

Q:  Were any instructional programs eliminated in the FY 2021 budget? 

A:   No. There were no instructional programs eliminated in the FY 2021 budget.

Q:  Are there other reductions in the FY 2021 Budget?

A:   Yes. The FY 2021 budget includes $1.8 million of attrition savings based on projected reductions in payroll costs due to retirements, resignations, and the length of time to fill vacant positions during the year.  

Q:  How can I find out more information on the proposed budget?

A:  The following link is to the FY 2021 recommended budget presentation from the March 4, 2020, School Board meeting - Fiscal Year 2020-2021 Superintendent’s Recommended Budget. The following link is to the amendments to the FY 2021 recommended budget presentation from the March 18, 2020, School Board meeting - Proposed Amendments to the Fiscal Year 2020-2021 Superintendent’s Recommended Budget.

Q: What are the next steps for the FY 2021 budget?

A: The FY 2021 budget will be submitted to the Hampton City Council for approval.

We appreciate your support as the School Board and administrative staff work to build budgets in these tough economic times that impact our city, our state, and our nation. 

Please continue to share your thoughts and comments by emailing

Superintendent’s Recommended Budget Presentation 2020-21
(March 4, 2020)

Proposed Amendments to the Superintendent’s Recommended Budget Presentation 2020-21
(March 18, 2020)

Hampton City Schools Fiscal Year 2020-2021 Budget COVID-19 Implications (May 20, 2020)

Superintendent’s Recommended Budget Booklet 2020-21

In this edition of HCS Connects, Hampton City Schools chief financial officer breaks down the budget process for the school division. Watch the video here.HCS Connects set

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