Spotsylvania Schools Cut Teacher Bonus, Increase Staff Following Request for Deferral Funds | Education

Spotsylvania County Public Schools staff have prepared a revised request for unspent funds for fiscal year 2021 that does not include increases for bus drivers and custodians or a one-time $1,000 bonus for teachers who was approved by the previous board last year.

According to a weekly School Board News email sent to board members on behalf of Acting Superintendent Carol Flenard on Thursday afternoon, the revised deferral request was prepared based on “updated guidance” from the chair of the board. Kirk Twigg School Board.

Late last year, the school board approved spending plans for $14.6 million in unspent funds from the fiscal year that ended June 30, 2021.

The remaining amount was larger than usual, business manager Prashant Shrestha told the board last year, partly because of the number of unfilled teaching positions and the number of staff who quit. and have not been replaced.

On November 15, 2021, the board unanimously approved spending approximately $10.4 million of the deferred amount in transfers to the Schools Health Insurance Reserve and other post-retirement benefit funds. employment, raising the bus driver’s starting salary to $22 an hour and raising hourly rates for guards by 16 percent.

On December 14, the board voted 4-3 to approve a spending plan for the remaining $4.2 million. This plan included a one-time bonus of $1,000 for all division staff and investments in educational programs and the human resources department.

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