School Board Special Meeting

May 28, 2020

The Falls Church School Board unanimously approved the school division's Fiscal Year 2020-21 budget; a once-promising financial plan derailed by a global pandemic. 

The $52,191,532 revenue and spending plan represents a $2.4 million decrease over the School Board's pre-pandemic Advertised Budget. The adjustment eliminates salary improvements for staff but does not require a reduction in the workforce. 

"This budget, as you know, is not the budget we were hoping for, but it is the one we got," Superintendent Peter Noonan said in a message to staff shortly after the vote. "My commitment to you all as we move forward is to work diligently towards our main priorities which include staff compensation and developing ourselves in a way that will continue to enhance FCCPS and maintain our standing as one of the best IB school divisions in the US and world."

In addition to the Operating Budget, the School Board gave final approval to the division's Food Services budget of $1,103,600, and the Community Services Fund Budget of $2,419,126.

The City Council adopted its budget on May 26th, including a $42.7 million appropriation to the schools.

Presentation Slides

Budget Work Session

May 12, 2020

The Falls Church School Board took a final look at revisions to a once-promising budget that now has been derailed by a global pandemic. 

In total, FY 2021 revenues are projected to be $2.4 million lower than the Board's original Advertised Budget. 

The City Council is scheduled to adopt its budget on May 26th, with the school board finalizing its plan in a Special Meeting on May 28th.

Presentation Slides

Budget Work Session

April 21, 2020

The Falls Church School Board The Falls Church School Board held its third online meeting. 

On the agenda:

  • Budget Update from Chief Operating Officer, Kristen Michael, and Superintendent Peter Noonan
  • School Board approved an FY 21 Budget Amendment Letter to City Council agreeing to a City Transfer reduction of $500,000 for FY21. 

Presentation Slides

Budget Update

April 14, 2020

During a Falls Church School Board Work Session, Chief Operating Officer Kristen Michael presented an update on the FY21 Budget and impacts on it amid the severe COVID-19 economic downturn.


School Board FY21 Advertised Budget presentation

MARCH 9, 2020 - 9:00 p.m.

Note: Technical Difficulties. There are only audio and presentation slides due to camera malfunctions at City Hall.

School Board Chair Greg Anderson presented the Falls Church School Board FY2021 Advertised Budget before a meeting of the Falls Church City Council.

School Board Approves FY21 Advertised Budget

February 18, 2020 - 7:00 p.m.

On Tuesday evening, the Falls Church School Board unanimously approved its Advertised Budget for the 2020-2021 school year. Reflecting an investment in our students, our staff, and our schools, the budget includes a step increase for eligible employees and a 1% Cost of Living Adjustment for all FCCPS staff members.

The $54.6 million budget, which now heads to the City Council for approval, falls within the 3.1% Budget Guidance (for the second year in a row) and requires a City appropriation of $44.6 million. The approved Budget motion also includes the addition of 50 percent of any additional general government tax revenue above last December's projections.

The School Board also approved a Food Service budget of $1.1 million and a Community Service Fund Budget in the amount of $2.4 million.

Here’s what’s included in the School Board's FY 21 Advertised Budget:

  • A Step increase for eligible staff
  • A 1% Cost of Living Adjustment for ALL FCCPS staff.
  • An additional IB Middle Years Programme coordinator (1 each for MEH and GM)
  • A Pre K-12 English/Language Arts coordinator to support teachers and students
  • One Social Worker to support student’s emotional health and well-being
  • Increasing the Clinic Aide/Office Staff position at Jessie Thackrey to full time.
  • Three new custodial positions to help maintain the additional square footage of the new high school, which, this time next year, will be open and running.

FY 2021 Budget Development Calendar

  • March 9 - City Manager's Budget Presentation
  • March 17 - City Council Budget Work Session
  • March 23 - City Council's First Public Hearing of the Budget Ordinance
  • April 13 - City Council's Second Hearing of the Budget Ordinance
  • April 27 - City Council's Adoption of the Budget Ordinance ( including school transfer)
  • May 5 - School Board Public Hearing, Budget Work Session, and Adoption of the FY 2021 Budget

Budget Work Session #2

Public Hearing #1

February 11, 2020 - 7:00 p.m.

Budget Questions & Answers

Community Meeting

January 27, 2020 - 7:00 p.m.

Thomas Jefferson Elementary Library

School Board Budget Work Session #1

January 21, 2020 - 7:00 p.m.


Superintendent's Proposed Budget Presentation

January 14, 2020

Falls Church City Public Schools (FCCPS) Superintendent Peter Noonan presented a $54.6 million Fiscal Year 2021 (FY 21) operating budget to the Falls Church School Board on January 14. The proposed budget is balanced, for the second year in a row falls within Falls Church City Council Budget Guidance, and provides a competitive wage increase for school employees.

“We are grateful for the support that our City Council, School Board, and community have provided for our new high school, and recognizing those efforts we have again developed a budget that allows us to address our most pressing needs and provide a competitive wage for employees while also meeting Budget Guidance from the City Council,” Dr. Noonan said. ”With increases in both local and state funding this year we are continuing the investment into our three goals: IB for All, Caring Community and Culture, and Closing Gaps.”



City Council Budget Guidance

December 9, 2019


Joint Budget Meeting of the School Board & City Council

December 2, 2019



Budget Work Session

November 19, 2019

Budget Priorities Presentation Slides

Enrollment Projections Presented to the School Board

November 12, 2019