“Fairfax County’s greatest asset is its top-tier education system.” –Chairman Bulova
Over half of the Budget each year is given directly to Fairfax County Public Schools.Chairman Bulova believes in education as a long-term investment in the community as well as a competitive advantage for the region.
Fairfax County is organized under an urban county executive government structure. One important feature of this structure is the Fairfax County School Board is a legally separate entity from the Fairfax County Government. The School Board serves as the local education agency providing educational services to Fairfax County students. Since the School Board has no taxing authority, it is fiscally dependent on Fairfax County Government. Each year, the Board of Supervisors approves a transfer from county funds to the school system to finance school operations.
It is the duty of the Fairfax County Public Schools to prepare the public education budget estimates. These must be submitted to the Board of Supervisors by April 1 each year. In adjusting the school budget, the Board of Supervisors may make changes only in the total amount or in the amounts of major categories like the ones shown above. The Board of Supervisors must adopt the school budget no later than May 1. See below for some helpful links to Fairfax County's premier educational institutions: