Coronavirus’ effect on economy may impact Roanoke County schools upcoming budget

Budget includes a one-step increase for all contracted staff

Roanoke County school leaders prepare for remainder of academic year
Roanoke County school leaders prepare for remainder of academic year

ROANOKE COUNTY, Va. – The budget approved Thursday by the Roanoke County School Board could see changes due to the effects of the coronavirus on the economy.

The School Board approved a general fund budget for the upcoming school year of $156,531,289.

That is a 3.3% increase from the previous year’s budget, according to school spokesperson Chuck Lionberger.

Highlights of the new budget include:

  • A one-step raise for all contracted staff and an additional half-percent raise beyond the one-step increase for teachers
  • Making nurses full-time employees with benefits (nurses currently are part-time employees)
  • Creation a new alternative educational program for secondary students
  • Expanded contracts for bus drivers and bus aides

“We may be losing significant revenues,” said Roanoke County School Board Chariman Don Butzer. “The pandemic is having a catastrophic effect on the economy, so we may have to go back and make changes to this budget,” Butzer added.

By Virginia code, school boards must adopt a budget by April 1 to be presented to the Board of Supervisors. The adopted budget will now be sent to the Roanoke County Board of Supervisors for approval.

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