Newport News school board budget includes raises for employees

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WAVY) — The Newport News school board has adopted a budget and calendar for next year.

On Tuesday, the 2016-2017 budget was adopted in the amount of $305,590,008.

The approved budget includes a pay scale adjustment for teachers ranging from 3.7 percent to percent. The hourly pay rate for bus drivers will increase to $13.86 or by 5 percent whichever is greater, in alignment with neighboring school divisions. All other employees will receive a 3 percent pay increase.

It also includes funding to reduce class sizes in elementary schools, upgrade wireless access in all buildings, hire specialists and purchase new library books.

The School Board also approved the 2016-2017 school calendar. You can view the calendar here. 


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