Fiscal Year 2025 Superintendent's Proposed Budget

Team Chesterfield:

 I am pleased to present my proposed fiscal year 2025 budget for Chesterfield County Public Schools. This $913.7 million budget reflects our commitment to continued educational excellence and addresses three sets of priorities:

  • Compensation and required increases: Providing a 4% salary increase to employees and allowing for increased costs for services and state-mandated increases 

  • Maintaining service levels: Continuing the quality education and support services our community values

  • Additional needs: Addressing other needed items for schools based on final state revenue number

The first two bullet points represent needs that are afforded by current projected revenues. The last bullet point represents additional needs that will be evaluated for funding based on the final state budget. 

 The budget is a significant investment, but that is what is required to ensure success for our students and maintain the high quality education they receive. I am proposing a balanced budget that represents a needs-based approach, focusing on the essentials for students, staff and schools. It is important to note that there are additional needs in our district beyond what can be afforded by current projected state revenues, and we must await the final state budget to determine if these needs will be met.

Our school system attracts people to Chesterfield, and it is one of the top reasons that our county is a first-choice community. I am proud each and every day of what is accomplished in our schools, and it is imperative that we continue to press forward to see that this continues.

Some details about the proposed budget:

My proposed budget would fund our operational costs for the 2024-25 school year while providing the needed resources to meet our many state requirements and guidelines, fulfill community expectations and retain a high-quality workforce.

 The budget proposal includes an additional $28.9 million investment in education over our fiscal year 2024 levels, which includes a $24.9 million investment in staff compensation; $8 million for required increases; and $3.5 million to maintain service levels, partially offset by technical budget adjustments.

Projected funding increases include $20 million in additional ongoing county funding, with the remainder in state and local funding, less a reduction in the use of reserves.

This document provides details about the proposed budget; the largest portion of our investment is committed to our workforce and maintaining services that are vital to the success of our schools. Our focus remains steadfast on priorities that will drive CCPS forward. 

We are grateful for our collaboration with Chesterfield County and the state, and we look forward to ongoing discussions and support in the weeks ahead.


Dr. Mervin B. Daugherty 
Chesterfield County Public Schools

Fiscal Year 2025 Budget Documents

The School Board approved a $1 billion balanced operating budget for fiscal year 2025 at a special called meeting on Monday, June 17. The revised budget includes items in the budget approved by the School Board in its Feb. 22 meeting. Additional funding from the state means that priorities beyond the Feb. 22 approved budget can be addressed including paid parental leave for qualifying employees and funding for annual substitutes, school security officers and more.

The revised budget, in part, includes these items:

  • $17.4 million in compensation and technical updates, including

    • 4% salary increase for employees

    • Increased costs for services and state-mandated increases

  • $11.5 million for maintaining service levels and required increases, including

    • $2.7 million for reading specialists

    • $1.1 million for bilingual liaisons

    • $7.7 million to various initiatives to continue the quality education and support services our community values

  • $31.7 million in additional adjustments, including

    • $4.5 million for annual substitutes

    • $4.2 million for school security officers

    • $3.4 million for high-needs schools bonuses

    • $2.5 million for paid parental leave for qualifying employees

    • $2.5 million for major maintenance

    • $2.2 million for ESL instructors

    • $2 million for instructional assistant and custodian bonuses

    • $1.9 million in targeted compensation increases

    • $1 million for school bus replacement

    • $1 million for increased substitute pay

    • $1 million for additional counselors

    • $800,000 to move assistant principals to 12-month status starting Jan. 1, 2025

    • $700,000 for additional bilingual liaisons

    • $100,000 for Communities In Schools expansion

The bulleted items do not represent an exhaustive list of what was included in the FY 2025 budget. See all of the budget materials presented at the June 17 School Board meeting. Additional information about budget initiatives will be shared in the coming days and weeks.

The School Board’s revised budget will be sent to the Chesterfield County Board of Supervisors for consideration as part of the Chesterfield County budget at a future Board of Supervisors meeting.

Learn more about how the budget is created

Budget Meetings and Town Hall Events

  • The superintendent will present the proposed budget during a School Board work session at 4 p.m. Jan. 23 in the Public Meeting Room (10001 Iron Bridge Road).

  • A budget town hall will take place at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 24 at Meadowbrook High (4901 Cogbill Road), which is in the Dale District.

  • A budget town hall will take place at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 29 at Clover Hill High (13301 Kelly Green Lane), which is in the Clover Hill District.

  • A budget town hall will take place at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 30 at Manchester High (12601 Bailey Bridge Road), which is in the Matoaca District.

  • A budget town hall for Spanish speakers will take place at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 1 at Manchester Middle (7401 Hull Street Road).

  • A budget town hall will take place at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 5 at Thomas Dale High (3626 W. Hundred Road), which is in the Bermuda District.

  • The School Board will hold a second work session on the budget at 4 p.m. Feb. 6 in the Public Meeting Room.

  • A budget town hall will take place at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 7 at Midlothian Middle (13501 Midlothian Turnpike), which is in the Midlothian District.

  • On Feb. 13 in the Public Meeting Room, the School Board will hold a third work session on the budget at 4 p.m., then will hold a public hearing on the budget at the start of a 6:30 p.m. business meeting.

  • The School Board will meet to adopt the budget at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 22 in the Public Meeting Room.

Budget work sessions and public hearings will be livestreamed at http://chesterfieldschoolsva.swagit.com/live/ and shown on Comcast channel 98 and Verizon channel 28. Details about the budget will be posted on oneccps.org.

Chesterfield County legislative delegation

Questions about the budget? Email ccpsinfo@ccpsnet.net.

Fiscal Year 2024 Budget

COVID Grant Information

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