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Wake schools eye budget shortfall, job cuts

Posted March 23, 2010

Wake County Public School System
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— The Wake County Board of Education got closer to a solution Tuesday to fill a projected $20 million budget shortfall.

Approximately 70 employees from instructional services, communications, chief of staff, auxiliary services and administrative services, will be laid off according to a budget presentation made Tuesday morning in a budget work session.

Another 30 to 35 vacant positions will be eliminated, according to the presentation.

The reduction and layoffs would result in a total savings of $6.6 million, helping to close that budget gap.

Details of planned job cuts were expected in early April, when the superintendent asks the board for authority under district policies to start laying off workers.

The $1.2 billion proposed operating budget includes the opening of four new schools – Heritage High, Holly Grove Middle, Mills Park Middle and Alston Ridge Elementary – and an increase of 3,800 students despite the reduced construction of new housing in the county.

The staff hopes to have the budget finalized by the April 6 meeting of the board. The schools’ budget is due to the county commissioners by May 1.

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  • gov watchdog Mar 25, 2010

    "Why anyone would put down the fact that NC is getting stimulus money makes me wonder what you are thinking? Seems to me we need all we can get!"

    It needs to be repaid, that is what is wrong with it.

  • ThinkChick Mar 25, 2010

    longtermwakeresident - the stimulus money comes with strings and will need to be repaid - both of which means that teachers will not see a dime - useless government administrators will - and eventually to pay back the money taxes will need to go up or more cuts will be made.

  • Remy Mar 24, 2010

    We know teachers are going to lose their jobs. Thats why getting more stimulus money is even more important. Why anyone would put down the fact that NC is getting stimulus money makes me wonder what you are thinking? Seems to me we need all we can get!

  • time4real Mar 23, 2010

    so what, more Bev lemme have it stimulus money, a lot of teachers are still going to lose their jobs, watch and see.

  • T-3485 Mar 23, 2010

    Raleigh, N.C. — North Carolina will receive $383.4 million in federal stimulus money for education, U. S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced Tuesday.