Nancy Van Doren and Tannia Talento

Arlington School Board candidates Nancy Van Doren and Tannia Talento discuss issues at the Sept. 6, 2016, Arlington County Civic Federation candidate forum.

Gov. McAuliffe has approved legislation giving Arlington parity with other localities when it comes to pay of School Board members.

The governor has signed legislation, patroned by Del. Patrick Hope (D-47th), lifting the current cap of $25,000 on salaries of Arlington School Board members. Arlington has been the only jurisdiction in Virginia with an elected school board that operated under a salary cap.

Since January, the five Arlington School Board members have been at the maximum salary currently permitted. While lifting the cap takes effect in July, board members won’t be able to increase their salaries until 2021.

Hope’s measure passed the House of Delegates 55-44 and the state Senate 35-5 on its way to the governor’s desk. It was signed into law on March 3.

Despite Arlington’s salary scale being capped, its School Board members are paid the second highest of any jurisdiction in Virginia, trailing only Fairfax County, whose School Board members earn $32,000.


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