The school budget, approved unanimously Thursday night, includes a 1 percent across the board pay increase for school district employees, and step increases for those who are eligible. It's the first increase since 2008.
Teachers had been hoping for a 2 percent increase, but they realize that the board's hands were tied after they didn't get as much money from the county as they requested, according to Michael Hairston, president of the Fairfax Education Association, the union that represents many of the teaches.
"While it's not what we wanted, it's a start in the right direction of trying to restore some of the losses we've seen in the last few years," he says.
Stu Gibson, the FCPS board member from the Hunter Mill school district, warned against thinking the pay raises mean the district is out of the financial woods.
"It's good news for some, but I think that we need to bear in mind that we have an awfully long way to go," Gibson says.
The budget also includes a plan to implement full-day kindergarten in all elementary schools this fall.