Wake schools face $20M in cuts for 2010-11

Posted November 19, 2009

Wake County Public School System

— The Wake County school system needs to cut $20 million from its central services budget for the 2010-11 school year to erase a projected deficit, Superintendent Del Burns said Thursday.

"Given what we see in the leading indicators, we must take proactive steps now to address the problem of rising expenses and decreasing revenue," Burns said. "As we did last year, as information became apparent regarding our financial situation, we made decisions to absorb the impact. This year, we are trying to avoid going back to the classrooms for cuts."

Education Funding Wake schools face cuts

District officials anticipate the state will cut its funding by $8 million as part of the state budget approved in August. Meanwhile, employee retirement, hospitalization, dental insurance and local salary supplements likely will go up by $6 million. There will also be $3 million less in reserve funds to balance this year's budget,

Growth and the opening of four new schools next fall also will add to the district's expenses, Burns said. About 3,800 more student students are expected.

"The impact in central services will ultimately impact the classroom. There will be changes in schools and classrooms, but we are working hard to minimize that," Burns said.

He told administrators to develop a cost-cutting plan that he can revise and include in his budget recommendation to the Wake County Board of Education in March. The school board will then submit its request for local funding to the county Board of Commissioners by May 15.

"There will be an indirect impact on our schools. However, we will do everything we can to mitigate that impact," Burns said, noting more than 88 cents of every $1 the district receives is spent directly in schools.

Last year, budget cuts forced the district to implement a hiring freeze on teachers in the sixth through 12th grades and not renew contracts for hundreds of other teachers. More than 900 school employees were rehired in August after lawmakers approved the state budget.


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  • ncguy Nov 20, 2009

    How about not letting children of illegals attend?
    I know ,I know- the poor children!

    Ya those poor children our making us poorer too!

    Maybe that would help with the illegal population as well- if their kids can't go to school they will go to another state that does. SEE YA!

  • Garnerwolf1 Nov 20, 2009

    "the new board is going to raise your property taxes!" If they do what they say they are going to do, they will. Not enough schools for all to have 'neighborhood schools' so somebody is going to be bussed. Guess who it's going to be? The well-off folks in western Wake? Not in this lifetime. So... where will the low F&R students get dumped, er I mean bussed to? Western Wake? Not in this lifetime.

  • fatchanceimwrong Nov 20, 2009

    I'd like to see them cut out the free and reduced lunch program, which is just another form of welfare that is greatly taken advantage of. It's the school's job to educate children, not provide free food. It's the parents' responsibility to feed their kids by either giving them lunch money or making lunch for them to take with them. Many parents are already getting gov't handouts for food for thier family, so let them use that money to feed their kids. This wouldn't solve the entire financial shortfall, but it would make a difference.

    Another problem that's right around the corner is what are alot of the kids graduating over the next couple years going to do? With so many parents losing jobs, many will not be able to afford college, and the jobs aren't there for the graduating seniors.

    As a society, educating our kids should be high priority. It's a shame that the government can't understand that and forces the schools to operate on shoestring budgets.

  • SME2 Nov 20, 2009

    Can we scrap the name EDUCATION lottery now? What a joke.

    You do realize that money is only for CONSTRUCTION and also Wake County sees a whole lot less of that money than poorer counties.

  • SME2 Nov 20, 2009

    Sooo glad I found out my wife will be a part of the extra $20 million as she passed her National Board Certification.


  • rand321 Nov 20, 2009

    the Wake Schools are going to see less revenue coming from the county as well. Lower sales tax recipts, construction fees and property taxes declining due to foreclosures and less construction.

    Can the new school board make all their changes and prevent a tax increase from coming. They are using 91% of seats currently alloted and if they eliminated MYR, the utilization factor goes up. Even with slower growth there are not enough seats.

    They will need to ask for hundreds of millions more for new schools and operating costs. the new board is going to raise your property taxes!

  • mep Nov 20, 2009

    So what happened to the BILLION dollar bond Wake voters passed a couple years ago? Why hasn't the lottery SAVED our schools? What about the recent tax re-evaluations? What are these people doing with all our money????? (I know it is not going to the teachers) And when the so-called Obama stimulus money runs out next year, how will the county afford to keep the teachers? What a mess! VERY poor planning......

  • onpointe Nov 20, 2009

    The steady increase in Hispanic births in our state is continuing to increase the number of school age children with limited English proficiency in our schools. This places an increased burden on an already strapped district for funds for English instruction, materials, spaces, etc. This situation has had profound implications for schools in California.

  • jbyrd Nov 20, 2009

    An impact tax of $2000.00, if started about 20years ago would have preventd this. But our leaders were too greedy for that immediate growth in tax base to do that. Another example of living just for today.

  • aintbackingdwn Nov 20, 2009

    Can we scrap the name EDUCATION lottery now? What a joke.