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


To this end, the FY 2020 budget includes a three percent compensation increase for all full-time staff as well as the majority of part-time positions with no increase to the employee portion of healthcare premiums. Additionally, the recommended budget includes adjustments to the teacher salary scale and the bus driver pay scale.


The recommended budget also allocates resources to the Academies of Hampton, which supports the continued transformation of teaching and learning in our high schools via small learning communities and experiential learning opportunities.


The Superintendent’s FY 2020 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-two percent (62%) of the proposed operating budget comes from state funds and state sales tax. State funds (and state sales tax) is 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-six percent (36%) of the proposed 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 proposed operating budget comes from federal and miscellaneous funds. Federal funds come from Federal Impact Aid and the JROTC program. Miscellaneous funds come from various sources (e.g., Medicaid Reimbursements, cell tower, indirect cost).

Q:  What are the priorities that drove the development of the FY 2020 budget?

A:   The School Board identified competitive compensation, teacher recruitment, Academies of Hampton, facility upgrades, school safety, increasing student achievement, and community relationships as priorities for this budget cycle.   

Q:  The General Assembly approved a 5% raise. Will I receive a 5% raise?

A: The General Assembly’s amended budget increased the state raise from 3% up to 5% in FY 2019-2020. To receive state funding for a raise, the school division must provide employees with up to a 5% increase between July 1, 2018, and September 1, 2019. Hampton City Schools provided a 2% raise beginning July 1, 2018, and is proposing to provide a 3% raise beginning July 1, 2019, which totals 5% over the 2018-2020 biennium.  

For every 1% raise provided to employees, it costs Hampton City Schools $1.4 million. The General Assembly’s state funding for a 1% raise is approximately $0.7 million or 50% of the total cost. This difference is because the state only funds Standards of Quality (SOQ) positions, uses an average salary for each SOQ position, and has delayed funding for 2% of the raise until September 1, 2019. It is important to note that the SOQ are determined by the Virginia Department of Education and serve as a set of mandatory guidelines for staffing that all school divisions must follow to provide a minimum level of education services. School divisions (including ours) provide students with more than just the minimum educational experience. This requires additional teachers and staff above the minimum standards. SOQ funded positions represent roughly 70% of HCS positions. That leaves 30% of HCS positions not covered by the state supplement. All HCS teachers and staff are essential to the success of our school division and it is important to offer the same salary increase to all positions (SOQ funded positions and non-SOQ funded positions).

Q:  How will the proposed budget impact employee salaries?

A:  The proposed budget includes a 3% salary increase for full and part-time employees. This does not include temporary positions, as well as some part-time teaching positions.

Additionally, the proposed budget includes condensing the teacher salary scale from 37 steps to 30 steps. This change will give teachers the ability to earn a higher salary sooner in their careers by reducing the teacher pay scale.  For steps 15 through 29, $300 will be added to each of these steps on the teacher scale (which is in addition to the employee raise).

The FY 2020 budget also includes a $1 per hour increase to school bus driver pay (which is in addition to the employee raise).

The Proposed FY 2020 Compensation Plan is available here.

Q:  Will my health insurance premiums change next year?

A:   No. Despite a projected increase in healthcare costs of 9.2%, employee healthcare premiums will not increase for FY 2020. Hampton City Schools will absorb all increases in healthcare costs for FY 2020 as it was important for us to provide a 3% unencumbered raise. The impact to the budget will cost Hampton City Schools $1.4 million.

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

A: Yes. The General Assembly approved $500,763 of one-time funds specifically for the Academies of Hampton.  These funds were approved for the completion of course curriculum and materials and equipment. Additionally, funding will support the ongoing efforts of Hampton City Schools to provide on-site visits and materials and support to other school divisions to transform the high school experience and meet the standards established by Virginia’s Profile of a Graduate. In addition, the city is projected to provide one-time funds in the amount of $350,000.

In order for our students to be well prepared for success in college, careers, and life, it is necessary to transform our high schools from a model focused purely on content to one focused on mastering content and developing skills in the context of real world experiences. This transformation involves our business community working with the school division to craft both the curriculum and the learning experiences for our young people. Funding is provided for training, curriculum development, and equipment and supplies to support the new learning environment.   

Q: Are there position changes planned for the FY 2020 Budget?

A: Yes. The FY 2020 budget includes a net increase of 6.25 positions. Positions added include 3 teachers, 2 speech language pathologists, 1.5 instructional assistants, 0.5 digital press operator, 3 school security officers, and the reclassification of a health clerk from part-time to full-time. Positions eliminated include 2 vacant full-time teacher positions and 2.25 vacant part-time teacher positions.

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

A: The Virginia Department of Education provides 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 2019, HCS was allocated 540 slots.  For FY 2020, HCS is allocated 534 slots.

Q:  Were any instructional programs eliminated in the FY 2020 budget?

A:   No. There were no instructional programs eliminated in the FY 2020 budget.

Q:  Are there other reductions in the FY 2020 Budget?

A:   Yes. The FY 2020 budget includes $3.4 million of savings which were repurposed in the budget to fund division priorities and operational additions. Reductions include operational savings such as lower risk management (insurance costs), lower utility costs, reduced per pupil allocations due to a projected decrease in enrollment, and attrition savings.

Q:  What are attrition savings?

A:   Attrition savings are savings 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:  We have provided the following link which includes the FY 2020 recommended budget

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

Superintendent’s Recommended Budget Booklet 2020

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

Proposed Budget at a Glance

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As stated in School Board Policy AC, Hampton City Schools (“HCS”) does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, gender, age, disability or other protected class in its programs, activities and employment practices and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups.  HCS also prohibits retaliation under School Board Policy GBAH for the purpose of interfering with a person’s rights and/or privileges under federal civil rights laws, which can include: (i) raising concerns with Division personnel about a civil rights violation; (ii) asserting a right or advocating for the rights of a student or employee under federal civil rights laws; or (iii) participating in a complaint investigation or related proceedings. 

All individuals are encouraged to promptly report any incident they believe to be discrimination, harassment or retaliation in violation of HCS School Board Policy.  All reports should be made to the HCS Compliance Officer, who also serves as the HCS Executive Director of Human Resources.  Upon receiving a report of alleged discrimination, harassment or retaliation, the Compliance Officer shall promptly authorize an investigation into the complaint, determine whether the alleged act occurred, and determine whether any action must be taken to end or prevent further harassment, discrimination, or retaliation.  For more information about this process, please review School Board Policy GBAB-R.    

Should you have any questions about these procedures or the contents of this notice, please contact Hampton City Schools Compliance Officer at: One Franklin Street, Hampton, VA  23669 or (757) 727-2300.  



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HCS monitors all technology resource activity and requires all employees, students and individuals with access to HCS computer systems and networks to annually read and sign an Acceptable Use Policy.  See School Board Policy IIBEA for Students; School Board Policy GBBB for Employees.

Our continuing goal is for the HCS website to be accessible to individuals with disabilities in compliance with the requirements of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and that statute's implementing regulations at 34 C.F.R. Part 104, and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and that statute's implementing regulations at 28 C.F.R. Part 35.

Good faith efforts are being made to ensure that our website complies with web accessibility standards. In addition to the federal regulations above, we are actively working to conform to level AA of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0.
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