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More county funding possible for Wake school system

Posted May 2, 2012

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— A Wake County commissioner says he thinks the county might be able to allocate more money this year to the local school system, despite flat funding over the past three years.

Wake County School Budget Superintendent's proposed budget

The Wake County Public School System's $1.25 billion spending plan, approved Tuesday night, calls for $8.8 million on top of the $314 million that the county already contributes.

The 2.8 percent increase, which amounts to about $4 per student, helps compensate for an additional 3,500 students expected to enroll in the fall, as well as to help pay for four new schools opening.

"I think we'll be able to do part of that, but I doubt we will meet the full request," Commissioner Joe Bryan said Wednesday. "We'll know more after the (county) manager's budget presentation on May 16."

The school system says its proposed budget uses about $28 million of the district's $34 million in savings to keep from having to cut jobs.

Some school board members, as well as county commissioners, believe the school system should exhaust the system's so-called "rainy day fund" before asking the county for more funding.

Commissioners are expected to adopt a final county budget next month. The school board must adopt its balanced budget no later than June 30.

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  • emandmikey May 3, 2012

    I hope the Charter Schools will also get an increase of $4/student. They really need it, and contribute a lot to the education of our state's students!

  • baracus May 3, 2012

    "8,858 diplomas handed out last year. The article does not say the population increased by 3,500 it only says 3,500 students are expected to enroll."

    Ok, here you go. 147K students were enrolled this year, 150K are expected next year.

    http://www.wcpss.net/demographics/

  • carlostheass May 3, 2012

    whatelseisnew, by state law the counties can only pull back money from school systems if they cut the entire county budget, across the board, by the same amount they're asking back from the school system. Otherwise they can not compel the return of appropriations.

  • shokkou May 3, 2012

    It's an idea, babbleon, but how do you know the money ever made it to WCPSS?

  • ykm May 3, 2012

    8,858 diplomas handed out last year. The article does not say the population increased by 3,500 it only says 3,500 students are expected to enroll.

  • whatelseisnew May 3, 2012

    That so-called reserve ought to be immediately seized by the county and used to retire school bond debt. We need to get a voucher system and slowly but surely bring the traditional government controlled public school system to an end. It is time to stop pouring money into this bottomless pit that produces pitiful results.

    "3500 new students means that the overall student population will be going up by 3500 next year. It is not a question of how students are graduating and how many are entering kindergarten. The 3500 increase is driven by families moving to Wake."

    I have never seen these new student estimates be anywhere near accurate. It is entirely possible they could have fewer students not more. Also, when the estimates prove to be too high the school system should be required to return any money provided by the county or state back to those coffers.

  • babbleon May 3, 2012

    shokkou: You could add it to your car registration with a note saying, 'apply all excess to WCPSS.' I added a little extra to my state taxes, bcs Wake is a relatively wealthy county.

  • shokkou May 3, 2012

    I live in Wake County and, even though I don't have any children, if the Commissioner set up a website where people who care could make an on-line donation, i'd donate four bucks, or maybe twenty even, for the kids and their teachers. It's a good investment.

  • westernwake1 May 3, 2012

    3500 new students means that the overall student population will be going up by 3500 next year. It is not a question of how students are graduating and how many are entering kindergarten. The 3500 increase is driven by families moving to Wake.

  • ykm May 3, 2012

    3500 new students, how many grads this year?