By The Numbers: FCPS Proposed FY 2013 Budget

A breakdown of Superintendent Jack Dale's $2.4 billion proposal

Superintendent Jack Dale a proposal 9 percent larger than the budget for 2012.

The increase, which amounts to $202.3 million, is driven largely by an estimated enrollment growth of 4,000 students, and the estimated 721 teaching positions needed to accommodate them.

Dale also proposed a 2 percent market scale adjustment for all employees, along with step increase for eligible employees.

Here's a look at how his plan breaks down:

The plan calls for a $2.4 billion operating budget

  • Nearly 86 percent, $2.1 billion, goes toward instruction costs
  • $132.1 million goes toward transportation, including bus driver salaries, replacement buses and bus operations and maintenance
  • $100.8 million goes toward facilities management (maintenance of school buildings and equipment)
  • $111.3 million goes toward "general support" (finance, human resources, information technology, purchasing, leadership team)

FY 2013 Proposed Revenue:



Percent Change

County Transfer

$135.8 million


State Aid

$24.9 million


Sales Tax

$4 million


Federal Aid

-$21.8 million





Budgeted beginning balance



Student Costs:

  • Enrollment Increases: $45.7 million
  • Two new schools, at the South County and Lacey sites: $1.9 million
  • Reintroducing "Extended Learning Time" (summer school) for students: $5 million
  • Adding Foreign Languages in the Elementary Schools (FLES) program to eight new schools, Foreign Language Immersion Program in two others: $0.9 million
  • College Success Program: $0.1 million
  • Teacher-in-residence at the Udvar Hazy Center: $0.1 million

Staff Costs

  • Extended time for teachers (measuring and compensating for professional learning communities, working with colleagues to improve curriculum and grading practices, etc.): $3.3 million
  • Staffing reserve (additional positions to address large class sizes): $2 million
  • Tuition reimbursement: $1.2 million
  • Electronic Curriculum Assessment Resource Tool(eCart): $0.3 million

Staff Compensation Costs

  • Two percent market scale adjustment for all employees: $36.6 million
  • Step increases for eligible employees: $42 million (offset by retirement and departure savings of $38.2 million)
  • Custodial salary adjustment to 1,300 custodians: $0.4 million
  • Retirement Rate increases: $66.3 million
  • Health and life insurance rate increases:$8.9 million
  • Benefits for parent liaisons and multilingual interpreters: $2.0 million


  • Network replacement equipment: $4 million
  • Equipment replacement: $3 million
  • Preventative maintenance: $2 million
  • Service contracts and custodial supplies: $1.7 million
  • Building leases: $1 million
  • Finance technician contract length: $0.5 million
Amelie Krikorian January 18, 2012 at 02:07 AM
Smartypants: to quote just one source: http://www.thefiscaltimes.com/~/~/media/Fiscal-Times/Research-Center/Taxation/Academic%20Papers/2010/03/01/fiscal%20externalities%20of%20becoming%20a%20parent.ashx?pid={BAC9CB50-00D6-4964-A72D-B8F149906CA0} which states "[I]nformal care provided by family, friends, and neighbors is widely acknowledged to comprise the majority of long-term care and support in the U.S. (Wolff & Kasper 2006). Most disabled elders are not institutionalized, and within that group most receive care either exclusively from informal providers or from a mixture of formal and informal providers. Unmarried individuals without living children are more likely than those with children to be in nursing homes, in cross-section (McNally & Wolf 1996), while childless elders have significantly higher levels of publicly-funded nursing home costs (through Medicare and Medicaid combined) than do parents (Wolf 1999). Other research has shown that having children serves both to delay entry into, and hasten exit from, nursing homes (Garber & MaCurdy 1990; Freedman 1993; Aykan 2003; Gaugler et al. 2007)." Want some more examples? I think you are "ascertaining" otherwise because you don't WANT to know the facts and think it won't happen to you.
Uncle Smartypants January 18, 2012 at 02:22 AM
Okay, I'll concede that minor point without wading through the data, but not my original point. Those are federal dollars you are talking about, not local, and I still believe that parents should pay a larger portion of their children's education, not me.
Rob Jackson January 18, 2012 at 03:49 AM
Glad to learn FCPS does audit its performance checking for students that are supposed to pay tuition. They follow up on anything that looks strange and will investigate tips from the public. The standards are pretty tough too. A student must normally reside with a parent or legal guardian who lives in Fairfax County.
Ellen January 18, 2012 at 04:08 AM
Why not give the teachers a raise and fire all of the useless "advisors" and vice principals. In my opinion there are way too many advisors/administrators/vice principals. I was stuck with an advisor at South Lakes who was useless. Example, she had no idea who my kid was. How sad! He was already in 10th grade. South Lakes was a small school at that time, so she didn't have many students. Talk about a cushy job. Fire all of the useless advisors and give the teachers a raise! Fine with me. Would still be hard to live on a teacher's salary in Fairfax County. I don't agree that teachers should have to live near the schools where they are employed. Do teachers in Beverly Hills live in Beverly Hills?
Jonathan Erickson January 18, 2012 at 11:23 AM
Sounds like we need Bain Capital in here.


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