Our priorities remain:
1. Preserve/protect curricular programming
2. Compensation support for faculty and staff
a. Provide 1% compensation increase
b. VRS rate increase of 24% (mandated)
3. Offset increasing health care costs to employees
a. 9% increase anticipated
To meet these priorities the school is advocating for an increase of $423 per student in local funding. Please know that I have been and will continue to advocate vigorously to this end. In addition, our PTSA advocacy team led by Ms. Macon and Ms. O’Brien has developed a compelling case for increased state funding and has made significant inroads at the state level. If our revenue does not increase we will be challenged to meet our priorities and will be thus faced with difficult choices pertinent to raises, health care cost control, and/or staff reductions.
While this information is disconcerting, it is important that I share it with you. I will provide additional updates as information becomes available.
Jeffrey W. McGee, Ph.D.
Maggie L. Walker Governor’s School for Government and International Studies