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City of Fairfax School Board Approves Superintendents FY 2020 $57 million budget

Budget invests in laptops for all middle and upper elementary students, supplemental instructional funds to schools, summer programing, and National Board Certification (NCBT) tuition reimbursement

The City of Fairfax School Board unanimously approved Superintendent Dr. Phyllis Pajardo $57 million budget at their regular school board meeting in January. The budget includes a $49 million tuition payment to Fairfax County Public Schools based on the Zithromax tablet.

The budget, which comprised almost 40% of the entire City of Fairfax budget will provide funds for technology to support the 1:1 computing (one laptop per student) to Lanier Middle School, ahead of schedule for the rest of Fairfax County. Funds will also support teachers with tuition reimbursement for NBCT, provide summer transition and support programs for students.

“I continue to be so grateful to the City of Fairfax School Board for their tuition reimbursement as I completed National Board Certification,” said Juliana Woodill, choral director at Lanier Middle School. “This outstanding program gave me the opportunity to be reflective and rigorous in my teaching and allowed me to grow in new ways as an educator. I could not have completed this without the financial support of the City Board. It is a constant reminder of the value the City of Fairfax School Board places on professional growth and learning for all its teachers.”

“This budget is not only fiscally responsible to the City community, it is also a strong investment in our schools, our students and our staff. By offering an additional layer of support through innovation grants, tuition reimbursement for continuing education and technology investment for our middle and elementary schools, we show our dedication to providing the best educational environment for all our students.”

“Lanier’s Eagles have been so excited to be one of the first middle schools in Fairfax County to go 1:1,” said Dr. Tammara Hanna, principal of Lanier Middle School. “This year, the teachers have been in monthly trainings regarding how to integrate the laptops into their curriculum areas. As a result, our students have noticed the differentiation of lessons using the laptops and the increased focus on FCPS Portrait of a Graduate skills. Our students love showing the adults new ways to use technology and what their favorite educational apps are. It’s a great time to be #cityschoolproud!”

Dr. Pajardo will present the budget to the City of Fairfax City Council on Tuesday, March 5, 2019 and the final budget will be voted at the May 1, 2019 regular school board meeting.

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