UPDATED: PWCS School Board Approves FY19 Budget Plan without COLA Increase

| March 25, 2018 | 0 Comments | News

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UPDATED: March 27 at 1:15 p.m. 

By Stacy Shaw 

The Prince William County School Board passed a budget on March 22 to submit to the Board of County Supervisors, but many were unhappy that a Cost of Living Increase for PWCS employees was not included.

Prince William Education Association President, Riley O’Casey advocated for the COLA on behalf of the association and all PWCS educators and employees.

“While PWCS employees are grateful for the Step increase, they are disapointed the division and the school board did not propose and vote for a COLA. Both Fairfax and Loudoun counties will give employees a significant raise for next year. Again, PWCS employees are behind in salary,” O’Casey said.

Potomac School Board member Justin Wilk proposed a 1% COLA increase at the school board markup meeting for approximately $7 million. It was short of the requested amount, but he knew the budget was tight, making school board members reluctant to allocate the funding. He was the only member to vote for the increase during the mark up.

Even though his proposal failed, Wilk said he wants to keep the issue on the forefront.

However, he ultimately voted to approve the budget. Wilk told Bristow Beat, Tuesday, that he was happy with other items in the budget and the vote was also show of support for the board putting aside partisanship and presenting a united front.

By Prince William County Schools, Department of Communications & Community Relations

The PWCS School Board unanimously approved the FY 2019 Capital Improvements Program and school budget in the total amount of $1,508,716,252 on March 22.
The budget provides for a full-step increase for all eligible employees (average 2.7 percent pay increase). The PWCS budget will be presented to the Prince William Board of County Supervisors on April 3. The Board of County Supervisors will consider approving the PWCS budget on April 30.

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