Wake County Schools

Budget cuts threaten Wake schools again

Posted November 22, 2010
Updated November 23, 2010

Wake County Public School System

— The state’s largest public school system could see hundreds of layoffs in the classroom under potential state budget cuts, according to data released Monday.

The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction said that more than 400 teachers and 73 teaching assistants in the Wake County Public School System could be laid off under a proposed plan to cut the DPI budget 5 percent.

The state is facing approximately $3.5 billion in potential budget cuts, and Gov. Beverly Perdue has asked state agencies to draw up a list of spending cuts of between 5 and 15 percent.

The layoffs could be on the low end. The State Budget Office told educations officials to also lay out what a 10 percent budget cut would mean, as well.

For Wake County, that would be nearly $70 million in reductions.

These numbers are not certain though, Wake schools spokesman Michael Evans said.

"We are so far away from actually making firm decisions and any sort of cuts. It is premature to speculate, but we know it is going to hurt,” Evans said. “We know it is going to affect schools, but we are going to do all we can to minimize this impact."

The school system has had to deal with budget cuts over the past few years.

This year, the state cuts are on top of federal stimulus money set to run out next year.

Superintendent of Public Instruction June Atkinson on Monday called the potential cuts “alarming,” saying they would mean larger classes, fewer courses and less support for struggling students.

"When you look at our budget there, we have no place else to go," she said.


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  • pamslaff Nov 25, 2010

    As a mother of a special needs children. I am abhorred at the comments re: taking $$ away from special needs for the gifted and talented. We struggle every day with medical and mental and educational issues. I wish my main concern would be"I want my child to have honor classes for physics, calculus and whatever else they should get. My special needs child is not worthy of an education? Great, are we slowly going by the way of Germany in the 1930's and 40's. We all know that special needs kids no longer existed past 1944. Love the compassion of our fellowman. Education should never be cut. EVER!! You all voted straight democratic ticket and look at what you got.

  • beachman Nov 23, 2010

    Education is great but people living now that are not in school needs to live also!What good is it for the state to give my child a great education ifi cant aford to send him or her to collage, And how is this going to help a child oh your teacher has gotten a raise for the last 5 years.

  • teacher95 Nov 23, 2010

    I think it's crazy that WCPSS has a Superintendent, followed by Area Superintendents, followed by their assistants and secretaires. All or most schools have IRT's that do not directly work with students on a regular basis....There are TOO many people walking around WCPSS with "cake" jobs that do not involve directly working with students. Now, the district is going to punish the hard working people within the classroom.....How does this even make sense to begin with???

  • DontLikeTheSocialistObama Nov 23, 2010

    This is so typical. Instead of reducing non-education government spending and reducing waste they threaten to cut education spending. They know the sheep always agree to a tax increase when they do this.

  • Vietnam Vet Nov 23, 2010

    Instead of getting rid of teachers and making classes bigger how about laying off and or cutting the six figure salaries of some of the school district administrators? After that stop all this unnecessary busing and save millions of dollars there. There is no excuse for wasting those funds busing students at the crack of dawn all over the district when there are neighborhood schools in their neighborhoods. Teachers, teacher's aides and other educators at the school level are the last thing that should be cut in any school system. Yes the waste and fat needs to be trimmed but not at the expense of our children's education.

  • Time for the Truth Nov 23, 2010

    Lucas Transportation needS to be cut Jan 011 ASAP and all the other waste of gas guzzlers that the transportation vehicles USE- and give the $$$ to the teachers-SAVE THE TEACHERS!!!

  • Plenty Coups Nov 23, 2010

    continued post-its disengenuous yet typical of the anti-tax crowd to complain about "throwing money at education" without addressing the causes of it-namely the rise in cost of special ed. Should we devote a larger percentage of our money on this population at the expense of our gifted and advanced students?

  • Time for the Truth Nov 23, 2010

    Shut down the Dept of Education in Raleigh and save major $$$ for a waste of brain space and give the $$$ to the teachers of NC-not the brain dead people in those offices who do nothing but make up stupid rules.

  • Peace Love and Cold Meds Nov 23, 2010

    It's the afternoon, hasn't this been fixed since morning? Good grief get on with it. Oh that's right, nope, can't do it right now. Only can talk about it and stress teachers and parents out a little more for NINE MORE MONTHS!

    Enjoy the wait Wake County.

  • tubarick Nov 23, 2010

    WCPSS has layers of supervisors; redundant offices and multiple Principals and Asst Principals at the schools. If you have to make cuts, make them there!