FALLS CHURCH, Va.–
Moms and dads, teachers, and administrators rallied Thursday night in exactly what might be the start of a developing spending plan battle for Fairfax County Schools.Were simply not going
to take cuts any longer, states Kevin Hickerson, the President-Elect of the Fairfax Education Association, a teachers union.Weve had nine years of cuts, consecutively,
states Melanie Meren, a mother of two. We do not desire to talk about cuts any longer, and were attempting to make this a game-changing year.The video game changer?Superintendent Karen Garza is proposing a$2.7 Billion
budget plan that includes wage boosts, and no program cuts.You are the secret to resolving this daunting difficulty, she informed a jam-packed auditorium of parents and instructors
at Luther Jackson Elementary School.Its a shame that every year we go and ask to be fully moneyed, and then the board of managers states nope, heres
all you get, said Carla Okouchi, a primarya primary school music teacher.Garzas new spending plan is the largest in the districts history.It includes one-percent raises for instructors, and a$40-million dollar fund for
future salary investment.But not everyone is buying into the plan– at least not without more inspection.Its a great deal of money, stated Pat Herrity, a member of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors.
We plainly always have room to look for efficiencies and reductions.That Board, which funds seventy-seven percent of the Fairfax Schools budget plan, will mostly decide just how much money the district gets.Board members have great reason to enjoy the numbers thoroughly: fifty-three percent of the County
spending plan is utilized for education funding.We have that every year, and our school systems not failing the center of the earth, Herrity said.Right now, the average instructor
wage in Fairfax has to do with$ 68,000 a year.Add insurance coverage, retirement, and other advantages, and that number rises to $96,000. But teachers are still leaving.There are many teachers and numerous staff members that are leaving and going to other counties since of the much better wages, Hickerson said.Salaries are not the only issue.Supporters of Garzas budget plan suggest without the required funding, the district will deal with a$50-million deficit.They mention the Fairfax system spends$ 1000 less for every student,
changing for inflation, than it did eight years ago.My family will be definitely willinggoing to pay more in taxes, said Trish Vanstory, a mom of 4. However we would also like more returned to us from the state.We can understand the concern, to not just concentrate on genuineproperty tax. We require to diversify our financing base to make it through, Meren said.If the district receives everything it desires, the expense will be an additional$122-million. Thats cash for programs that might be thought about luxuries in
other districts.A segment of Fairfaxs 188,000 students are children in requirement, for example.We provide them with their meals, numerous of them do not have their own shelter, Okouchi said.
Our school heads out of the way to provide food as well as clothes, presents over the holidays.The spending plan procedure will stretch into the Spring, with a series of public hearings, before a Board of Supervisors vote in May.Vanstory hopes the enrichment side of education wont be lost in the cash debate.She says it was the districts special programs in music, drama, and
the arts, that encouraged her family to transfer to the area.My fourth grader has simply used up viola
, she saif. And for the firstvery first time ever, she is happy and ecstatic to practice an instrument every day. And that is at danger.