Wake County Schools

Wake school board meets on proposed $1.25B budget

Posted March 20, 2012

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— Wake County school board members got a closer look Tuesday afternoon at the superintendent's $1.25 billion proposed operating budget for the next school year.

Wake County School Budget Superintendent's proposed budget

Superintendent Tony Tata, earlier this month, laid out his spending priorities for 2012-13, which include investing in teachers and staff, setting conditions for all schools to be high-performing and operating more efficiently.

Among the details of his proposal this year is a 1-percent increase in teachers' base salaries and a one-time $500 bonus for other school employees.

The only employees not to see more money are those on the superintendent's leadership team.

There are no proposed layoffs or job cuts and no changes to school and classroom staffing formulas.

Still, the budget is $24.3 million less than the current budget year, partly as a result of $28 million in expiring federal grants, as well as $8.6 million in state funding.

Some school board members expressed concerns Tuesday about using $28 million of the system's nearly $34 million reserve to pay for recurring expenses.

Staff said that would be replenished next year, in part, by $20 million in investment savings.

The budget does have a gap of nearly $8.8 million that Tata believes could be filled by the Wake County Board of Commissioners.

That's a 2.8-percent increase over the current budget, and Commissioner Joe Bryan has said that, although his board will consider Tata's request, he doubts much money will be available for the school system since the commission's top priority for next year is not to raise taxes.

Tata's budget also takes into account more efficient operations, such as a new bus routing system that's expected to save the district an estimated $6 million a year over the next two years.

The public has a chance to weigh in on the budget at the school board's next regular meeting on April 10. They can also comment on the district's website.

The school board is expected to vote on the budget May 8.

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  • westernwake1 Mar 22, 2012

    "Does $8333 seem high per student. Charlotte Mecklenburg schools spend about $2000 less per student." - yukonbarks

    Let's walk through the math in the same way that we did for Wake. The Charlotte School System had a budget of $1.17 Billion and 138,000 students for the 2010/2011 school year. $1.17B / 138,000 = $8478 per student. This is obviously NOT $2000 lower.

    I expect you are confusing total system expenditures with direct per school expenditures.

  • Nancy Mar 21, 2012

    "It's so nice only getting a pay increase once in every four years. And then finding out that it does not even cover the increase in your monthly medical insurance deduction out of your paycheck." - westernwake

    This article from 2007 comes to mind in regards to how poorly teachers have faired in WCPSS:

    http://www.wral.com/news/news_briefs/story/1600053/

  • yukonbarks Mar 21, 2012

    Does $8333 seem high per student. Charlotte Mecklenburg schools spend about $2000 less per student. Maybe instead of cutting Teachers and Teachers Aids cut construction where money is really waisted. We dont need grand buildings to look at just average buildings to learn in.

  • westernwake1 Mar 21, 2012

    '" a 1-percent increase in teachers' base salaries and a one-time $500 bonus for other school employees." Must be nice robbing the tax payer and getting away with it.' - Rico

    It's so nice only getting a pay increase once in every four years. And then finding out that it does not even cover the increase in your monthly medical insurance deduction out of your paycheck.

  • Rico Mar 21, 2012

    " a 1-percent increase in teachers' base salaries and a one-time $500 bonus for other school employees." Must be nice robbing the tax payer and getting away with it.

  • carlostheass Mar 21, 2012

    "Disappointed in Joe Bryan." --ezLikeSundayMorning

    What else is new? I am always disappointed in Joe Bryan. They left out the part that Joe Bryan, Paul Coble, and the rest of the commissioners voted for a county budget last year that included 2% increases for county employees. Joe didn't mind that so badly, now did he? But when 1% of base (not local supplement too) is proposed for teachers and a mere $500 bone (not increase) is recommended for staff, he balks. Please stop voting for people who can't think of issues at the county level.

  • HadMyFill Mar 21, 2012

    Clearly, I went too far with my comments, and I do apologize... at least for the inappropriate jab at the kids. However, I do stand by my statement that this budget is way too high. Nancy said it right, we should get back to the basics.

  • Nancy Mar 21, 2012

    The trouble with government spending (local, state, federal) is there seems to be no priority to fund necessary services first. You know, the ones they are required to fund such as transportation, schools, fire and safety.

    Too many programs have been added over decades and the money available is spread too thin.

    Just like your household has priorities for funding, so should government.

    Back to basics.

  • DontLikeTheSocialistObama Mar 21, 2012

    "Raleigh needs to raise property taxes so thy can pay for thier schools. thats what other cities do. - dryjr"

    Other option is to reduce unneeded government spending including arts and the welfare entitlement programs.

  • DontLikeTheSocialistObama Mar 21, 2012

    Our government needs to have wants and needs defined in it's budget. Fund all needs including the schools and transportation first.

    Fund the wants including arts, entitlements, and welfare with any money that's left over.

    Don't say there isn't enough money to fund the schools, say there isn't enough money to fund wants which aren't required.

    But they can't do this, because their excuse for raising taxes is to say the money is needed for the kids.

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