• News Release: 1/22/2020 IMPORTANT! Information regarding the 2020-21 Budget Proposal

    Team Chesterfield,

    Chesterfield County Public Schools is the economic driver for our community. People like me move to our community because of our outstanding schools. Our award-winning schools continue to be cited as a model for excellence in public education, and we are proud to be a school division others aspire to be like. 

    However, there are warning signs that cause concern. Student academic performance is slipping; mental health concerns are increasing; and staff members are leaving for higher-paying, less-stressful opportunities. Our children will suffer if we do not act now.

    The 2020-21 school budget I am proposing calls for a $99.9 million increase in funding, which includes resources to serve the more than 1,200 additional students projected to enroll in our schools next year. It also provides historic levels of support for teachers; the required staffing levels to meet laws, guidelines and expectations; and additional funds necessary to support a diverse learning community and cover the actual costs of day-to-day operations.

    I am legally obligated to propose a budget of need. That is being done; however, there is a $39.7 million funding gap between that needs-based budget and the revenue currently identified in the Governor’s proposed budget and local funding levels that assume the county government will continue to provide us with 44 percent of the funds in our operating budget. It is very likely that the entire needs-based budget will not be approved, meaning that we will have to consider cuts and will not be able to meet all of public education’s needs.

    Based on revenue growth in local real estate collections, our county has the capacity to increase local funding. The state believes so, too. The state’s Local Composite Index for our school division has been adjusted based on its assessment that our county is a wealthier community than in years past. (This change cost the school division approximately $4 million in state revenue.)

    This proposed 14.7 percent increase to our operating budget is not a wish list. It is the costs of doing business in 2020. 

    • Approximately 37 percent of the budgeted increase goes to support staff compensation initiatives, designed to attract and retain the best teachers, administrators and support staff.

    • Approximately 20 percent of the budgeted increase goes to meet staffing requirements (state), staffing guidelines (state) and staffing expectations (community).

    • Approximately 14 percent of the budgeted increase goes to support increased costs in operations and transportation.

    • Nearly 13 percent of the budgeted increase goes to support student enrollment increases and properly staff schools from previous growth.

    The budget focus is simple: We need to meet the needs of our students through appropriate staffing levels; we need to provide additional staffing to support an increasing student enrollment; we need to meet the needs of our teachers and staff (including bus drivers) by offering competitive compensation; and we need to meet the needs associated with our daily operations by funding actual costs.

    In this presentation and this budget overview, you will see areas we are proposing to address. The largest investments are in our staff, specifically teacher pay, and in our students, through an increase in per-school allocation. Please take a few minutes to look at the budget in order to better understand our needs, and how we are working to address them.

    We hope you will join our efforts to make sure that public education in Chesterfield County meets the needs of our students, our residents, and our community. The time is now to create a better tomorrow! Please join us in this important conversation.

     

    Sincerely,
    Merv Daugherty, Ed.D.
    Superintendent

  • “Relaunch Chesterfield” Aims to Reopen Chesterfield Businesses

    What?

    Chesterfield Chamber of Commerce, Chesterfield Cabinet and Chesterfield County have united to support a coordinated relaunching of the Chesterfield economy.   Relaunch focuses on issues for businesses and elected officials around the county to consider as reopening plans are made. "Relaunch Chesterfield" is meant to work in conjunction with the Governors’ Covid-19 Business Task Force recommendations as they too begin the work of relaunching Virginia’s economy. 

    "Relaunch Chesterfield" will be developed in partnership with business leaders across a broad array of industry sectors and organizations around the county, including but not limited to the following sections:

    • Health and Safety First/Internal & External Customers
    • Retail
    • Restaurants
    • Hospitality
    • Arts & Entertainment
    • Healthcare Services
    • Personal Care Service Industry
    • K-12 Education & Childcare and Daycare

    "Relaunch Chesterfield" is meant to serve as a start to the conversation for returning more employees and businesses to work, rather than serving as a final, prescriptive set of answers or solutions.

    We are currently seeking participants to work and lead in these individual industry workgroups.  Please submit your information to be considered for an interested industry cluster workgroup by clicking here.    

    Why?
    Businesses are resilient in creating opportunities to thrive in challenging conditions.  Businesses ability to pivot their business model and allow others to learn from that change is important for the greatest number of businesses to relaunch. By joining efforts and bringing businesses and resources together we have the ability to make adjustments quickly and start commerce sooner. 

    When the Commonwealth is ready to open Virginia, Chesterfield will be ready to open.

    How?
    We are looking for 8-10 people for each industry workgroup indicated to develop a framework for success.  Models and examples are already available as a guide from across the Country.  Workgroups using best practices can have the best opportunity for a successful plan.