The rich keep getting richer, while rural Virginia barely hangs on. The Virginia Beach School Board approved the superintendent’s $828.8 million operating budget Tuesday night, which includes a 5% raise for employees.
The budget includes 5% raises for all staffers — 4.5% would come from a cost of living adjustment and a 0.5% step increase for employees below the top of the school system’s pay scale. The boost in compensation will cost the division roughly $28 million.
Virginia Beach School Board said it had to increase teacher pay in order to remain competitive in hiring, as Virginia routinely ranks as one of the lowest-paying states for teachers. The pandemic that has added stress and responsibilities for many teachers, made it “more important than ever” to improve pay, the board said.