Dear Henrico colleagues, families, students, community stakeholders and friends,

I’m pleased to share with you Henrico County Public Schools’ next step for investing in our students, staff and schools. Henrico Schools’ 2019-20 Recommended Annual Financial Plan is a product of your input and collaboration. In the past three months, we’ve had important conversations about our division’s budget priorities. Thank you for adding your voice at a series of community meetings in each magisterial district, at two School Board meetings, and via email. Your feedback enabled us to develop a responsive budget proposal that continues to meet the needs of our students, their families and our community stakeholders while pursuing our School Board’s vision that all our students have the support they need to be successful.

The general fund budget included in this Recommended Annual Financial Plan reflects an increase of $20.4 million over the current budget to a total $505,544,812 or 4.2 percent over the current year. The lion’s share of the budget – 76 percent – is devoted directly to instruction.

What‘s in the plan? Some of the highlights include investment in areas such as:

  • Studying and mitigating “salary compression” of HCPS staff.
  • Reducing the student laptop fee from $50 to $25 to help working families, with the intent to eliminate the entire fee by Fiscal Year 2022.
  • Adding teachers to improve pupil/teacher ratios.
  • Adding more reading specialists and investing in other ways to strengthen academic programming.
  • Adding staff members so elementary teachers get planning periods for effective instruction.
  • Continuing to expand the Gifted Young Scholars Academy at L. Douglas Wilder Middle School, and integrating STEAM concepts (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) at all HCPS middle schools.
  • Expanding the Achievable Dream Academy to the fourth grade at Highland Springs Elementary School.
  • Adding additional seats for Henrico students at CodeRVA Regional High School.
  • Offsetting the increasing costs of keeping the school division’s vehicles in good repair.
  • Improving and replacing instructional supplies, textbooks and technology infrastructure.
  • Converting instructional assistants from temporary to full-time positions.
  • Employee health insurance costs.

I want to let you know about a public hearing where you can comment on the recommended budget. That opportunity will be Feb. 14 at 6 p.m. at New Bridge auditorium., following the School Board’s regular work session. New Bridge auditorium is at 5915 Nine Mile Road in eastern Henrico.

The development of the budget is possible through the hard work of schools and county staff. I would like to express my appreciation to school division staff as well as County Manager John Vithoulkas and his staff for their assistance in the development of this budget proposal. We greatly value our partnership and the generous support of HCPS by Henrico taxpayers, the School Board, the Henrico Board of Supervisors and the County Manager.

Henrico Schools is blessed with an extraordinary staff, and I want to mention that employee raises will continue to be considered during the budget process. Unlike neighboring localities, Henrico County uses a “unified pay plan,” which essentially means that all county employees, whether they serve as teachers, firefighters or in other government departments, are paid according to one scale that would be approved in the spring by the Board of Supervisors. HCPS teachers are among the eligible staff members who have received pay increases totaling more than 12 percentage points since October 2015.

What’s next? School Board members will review the proposal and provide additional feedback and direction to our staff before a plan is approved in February, after which the plan moves to the Henrico Board of Supervisors for its approval. Look for more developments as the proposed budget advances.

Each of you is an important part of what makes Henrico Schools so special. Thank you for your support as we invest in the exciting journey ahead.


Amy E. Cashwell, Ed. D.
Superintendent of Schools

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Contact Information:

Debra Hargrave, Director of Budget  804-652-3633

Juan Smith, Accounting Division Director  804-652-3630

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