Over the last decade, PGCPS has been working through the 2009 to 2012 economic downturn. The county overall was slower to recover from the recession and the school system was not immune to the effects. Numerous cost-savings strategies were used to limit the impact on students and schools, including a “freeze” on employee salary increases from 2009 to 2012. In recognition of our staff’s sacrifices, we are offering a restorative salary increase to all employees who lost steps during the downturn, yet remained with the school system. This action is a step forward in recruiting and retaining the best employees to serve Prince George’s County children and families.