DANVILLE, Va. (WFXR) – Danville Public Schools announced the school board has approved a budget adjustment, which includes a salary increase for DPS employees on Thursday, Nov. 2.

According to the school district, employees will receive a two percent salary increase beginning on January 1, 2024. This two percent salary increase will be added to the five percent increase already implemented this year, resulting in a seven percent increase over the 2022-23 salary schedules. Funds for the raise were included in the state’s budget approved by the Virginia General Assembly in Sept.

“Money can’t buy what our teachers are worth, but the least we can do is make sure they are being paid well and have the resources they need,” School Board Chair Ty’Quan Graves said.

Since the implementation of a salary study in 2019, the base salary for a first-year teacher in the DPS system has risen from $39,924 in 2017-18 to $46,211 in 2023-24.

To ensure that pay continues to meet the needs of employees and remains competitive, the board has approved a salary study during an Oct. meeting.