NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) – Norfolk Public Schools Superintendent, Dr. Sharon I. Byrdsong presented a $401 million proposed operating budget for the 2023-2024 fiscal year.

During a school board meeting Wednesday, Dr. Byrdsong proposed the budget, which focuses on five priority areas including employee recruitment and the safety and security of students and staff.

Below is a list of some of the specific recommendations Dr. Byrdsong made when proposing the budget:

  • Pay increases for teachers, administrators, and classified staff (transportation, school nutrition services, school plant facility, etc.)
  • A variety of bonuses aimed at employee recruitment and retention
  • Safety and security enhancements to include hiring additional school security officers, providing raises for currently employed school security officers, and installing a weapons detection system at every school
  • Window, door, and roof replacements
  • Additional resources for students and schools

The school board will deliberate on the recommendation in the coming weeks, with the goal of adopting a budget on Mar. 15.