F.C. Schools Chief Unveils New Budget With 10.6% Funding Request Hike

Falls Church City Public School Superintendent Toni Jones. (Photo: News-Press)
Falls Church City Public School Superintendent Toni Jones. (Photo: News-Press)

Unveiling the results of what she said was months of careful and diligent work, Falls Church Schools Superintendent Dr. Toni Jones Tuesday night unveiled her proposed budget for the coming fiscal year that includes a request for a transfer from the City to the school system that is 10.6 percent higher than this year. The overall budget she proposed calls for a total increase of 10 percent over the current year.

Dr. Jones cited the statistic that the Falls Church system is now officially the fastest growing in Northern Virginia, with 172 new children projected for next fall and an estimated 560 more by the end of the 2016-2017 school year. That is an annual growth rate of 6.1 percent in the current year and an expected 6.5 percent growth next year, compared to the next highest growth rate in the region of 4.60 percent for Alexandria.

Dr. Jones outlined the parameters of her proposed budget, with the transfer request included, by way of a power point presentations at Tuesday’s School Board meeting held in the Council chambers at City Hall.

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