Superintendent Merv Daugherty presents proposed FY2024 budget for schools; town hall meetings planned

Dr. Daugherty in a school board meeting

Superintendent Merv Daugherty shared his proposed Fiscal Year 2024 budget with School Board members at their Tuesday, Jan. 24 budget work session. The budget has three main priorities:

  • Recruitment and retention
  • Maintaining service levels given student growth and inflation
  • Critical service level increases

The $899.6 million proposed budget includes an additional $63.3 million investment in education over our fiscal year 2023 budget levels, which includes a $33.8 million increase in workforce investment, $23 million to maintain service levels and $6.5 million to address critical service level needs.

Projected funding increases include $34.3 million in state revenue and $33.9 million in additional needed local or state funding to meet  requirements and community expectations, recruit and retain the best talent and serve our students appropriately.

All of the materials shared with the School Board may be found on BoardDocs. Additionally, this document provides an overview of the proposed budget. Over the next few weeks, the School Board will hold budget work sessions, and town hall meetings will be held where community members can learn more about the proposed budget, provide comments and ask questions.  

Remaining budget work sessions will begin at 4 p.m. on Jan. 31, Feb. 7 and Feb. 13 in the Public Meeting Room (10001 Iron Bridge Road). Budget town hall meetings will be held in each magisterial district to share information about the proposed budget with community members. All meetings will begin at 6:30 p.m.

  • Bermuda District: Jan. 25 at Thomas Dale High main campus (3626 W. Hundred Road, Chester, VA)
  • Clover Hill District: Feb. 1 at Clover Hill High (13301 Kelly Green Lane, Midlothian, VA)
  • Dale District: Jan. 30 at Meadowbrook High (4901 Cogbill Road, North Chesterfield, VA)
  • Matoaca District: Jan. 26 at Matoaca High (17700 Longhouse Lane, Chesterfield, VA); Feb. 2 at Cosby High (14300 Fox Club Pkwy., Midlothian, VA)
  • Midlothian District: Jan. 26 at Midlothian Middle (13501 Midlothian Turnpike, Midlothian, VA) and Feb. 1 at Manchester Middle (Spanish-speaking town hall) (7401 Hull Street Road, Richmond, VA)
  • Countywide Spanish-speaking Town Hall: Feb. 2 at CTC @ Courthouse (10101 Courthouse Road, Chesterfield, VA)

On Feb. 23 at 6:30 p.m., the School Board will meet to approve a proposed budget. For more information about the budgeting process, visit the school division website.

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