Skip to main content
Quick Links

We put students first, seek growth, are open to change, do great work together and value differences.

Website Accessibility

2512 George Mason Drive • P.O. Box 6038 Virginia Beach, Virginia 23456-0038   757.263.1000 • 757.263.1240 TDD

The Lowdown on Your School Dollars
FY 2012-2013
Updated 5/16/12

As Virginia Beach City Public Schools (VBCPS) moves into the budget process for FY 2012-2013, it’s important for all stakeholders -- parents, staff, students, and the Virginia Beach community -- to have access to accurate and timely information on how the school division will continue to deliver quality services while faced with staggering budget reductions.

Regretfully, a reduction in funding will negatively impact programs/services and change the daily operations of the region’s largest school division. This page will serve as a resource as we thoughtfully move through the challenges of developing a budget, with significantly less funding, while continuing to maintain a focus on quality education for every student.

How did we arrive at this erosion of funding?

  • For the past 15 years, the school division operated under a revenue-sharing formula established by the Virginia Beach City Council. This formula allocated 51.3 percent of seven tax revenue streams. However, in anticipation of the FY 2012-2013 budget cycle, the Virginia Beach City Council voted this past January to end the revenue-sharing formula. This not only cuts the funding for next fiscal year, but has a significant long-term implication. There is no minimum funding level, which means school funding can go as low as City Council wants it to go.
  • Over the past three years, the City of Virginia Beach took $41.4 million in the school division's savings and year end funds to build both the new $12.5 million animal shelter and $25.8 million additional recreation center in the Bayside area.
  • Over the past three years, the total combined drop in funding from city and state decreased by $85 million.

If you have a question about how the City of Virginia Beach allocates funding to Virginia Beach City Public Schools, please contact the Virginia Beach City Council individually or contact all Council members at

The school system's aggressive saving program shielded students and staff from devastating cuts up until now.

Over the last five years the school division has saved more $40.5 million as result of self-imposed cuts (some of which were one-time and others that reap savings every year after the cut). Reductions strategies included:

  • Closing an elementary school
  • Ending five year-round school programs
  • Closing an after-school program
  • Extending the bus replacement cycle
  • Cutting positions
  • Changing the way overtime is paid
  • Putting more stringent requirements in place for health care eligibility
  • Implementing an extensive energy savings program
    .... just to name a few

This action allowed VBCPS to stave off detrimental changes such as furloughs, layoffs and elimination of programs for children -- the kinds of changes that have taken place in localities across the state and the country. But that is true no longer.

Superintendent Presents FY 2012-2013 Estimate of Needs Budget (SEON) to School Board

During the February 7, 2012, School Board workshop, Superintendent James Merrill delivered his proposed FY 2012-2013 budget, officially known as the Superintendent's Estimate of Needs (SEON). During this presentation, Dr. Merrill advised Board members that quality education in Virginia Beach is in danger. The SEON is available for review.

Dr. Merrill emphasized that with a budget shortfall approaching $40 million, crippling budget reductions are necessary to provide fundamental services for students. The recommended reductions included in the SEON follow:

Recommended Budget Cuts for FY 2012-2013

Program/Service Impacted

  • • Change the schedule format for high school students and teachers from yearlong courses to
    all semester courses (4x4 format)
  • • Require furloughs for all employees during three instructional days
  • • Increase class-size by .5 student
  • • Eliminate second planning period for middle school teachers
  • • Eliminate transportation for ALL high school and middle school academies and advanced
    academic programs, and gifted programs at Old Donation Center and Kemps Landing Magnet
  • • Eliminate all summer school programs except extended school year and courses for seniors
    to allow for on-time graduation
  • • Offer eligible employees retirement incentive
  • • Reduce non-personnel budget by 2%
  • • Eliminate middle school interscholastic athletics and high school junior varsity as well as
    middle school trainers
  • • Reduce the following positions from 12 months to 11 months: school improvement specialist
    (SIS); secondary guidance director; data support specialist (DSS); data tech (school)
  • • Reduce security assistant positions in middle and high schools
  • • Reduce custodial positions
  • • Reduce the rate of permanent substitute teachers to match the rate of daily substitute
  • • Eliminate the following central office positions: assistant superintendent, director, coordinator,
    office associate
  • • Reduce staff professional development workshops
  • • Reduce months of employment for one 12 month assistant principal at each middle and high
    school to 11 month and all academy coordinators to 11 month
  • • Reduce travel related to professional development
  • • Eliminate the ropes course program and staff (1 FTE and part-time) and associated
    non-personnel costs
  • • Eliminate good attendance payment for bus drivers
  • • Reduce tuition reimbursement to ALL employees for college level and professional
    development courses
  • • Eliminate good attendance payment for custodians
  • • Reduce per-pupil allocation for ALL field trips in grades K-12 from 1.50 to 0.50 per student
  • • Elimination of the Teacher Production Center to include personnel and non-personnel costs
  • • Eliminate college course payment for teachers



  • $8,273,925

  • $7,072,504
  • $4,999,932
  • $4,461,295
  • $2,884,098

  • $2,352,891

  • $2,000,000
  • $1,389,575
  • $1,764,243

  • $625,672

  • $500,014
  • $500,000
  • $489,053

  • $412,896

  • $286,000
  • $266,912

  • $250,000
  • $189,014

  • $159,134
  • $150,000

  • $93,925
  • $85,044
  • $73,915
  • $69,250


Where do we go from here?

Understandably, many of the recommended budget cuts could have an impact on you: as a parent, student or staff member. Regardless, you have a voice and we encourage you take an active role in the budget process.

There will be further conversations between school and city leadership as the budget process progresses. All of the recommended proposed budget cuts will be addressed through the budget planning process for the coming fiscal year.

You will have opportunities to speak at scheduled School Board and City Council meetings. In the meantime you can contact your elected school, city, and state officials:

City Council by Member

All of City Council

School Board by Member

All of School Board

State Representatives

The Virginia House of Delegates

Harry R. Purkey
2352 Leeward Shore Drive
Virginia Beach, VA 23451

Salvatore R. Iaquinto 757.430.0102
P.O. Box 6888
Virginia Beach, VA 23456

Algie T. Howell, Jr. 757.628.8490
P.O. Box 12865
Norfolk, VA 23541

Barry Knight
1852 Mill Landing Road
Virginia Beach, VA 23457

Robert Tata
4536 Gleneagle Drive ,
Virginia Beach, VA 23462

Ron Villanueva 757.216.3883
800 Seahawk Cir Suite 111
Virginia Beach, VA 23452

Chris Stolle
P.O. Box 5429
Virginia Beach, VA 23471

Senate of Virginia

Frank W. Wagner
P.O. Box 68008
Virginia Beach, VA 23471

Ralph Northam
P.O. Box 9369
Norfolk, VA 23505

Jeff McWaters
1207 Laskin Road
Virginia Beach, VA 23451

Harry B. Blevins
P.O. Box 16207
Chesapeake, VA 23328

Last Modified on Monday, January 30, 2017