Wake County Schools

More budget worries for Wake schools

Posted June 3, 2011

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— As the state budget battle continues, Wake County's school chief says he's hearing that he should to expect anywhere from a 5-10 percent reduction in state funding.

Superintendent Tony Tata said Friday morning that the latest figure he's heard about is a 6 percent cut.

He wouldn't answer any questions about what that would mean in terms of job cuts until he gets an actual figure from the state.

"I'm just going to wait until I know what reality is so that I'm not putting fear out there," he said. "I don't want to do that. This is a school system. These are real people with real lives."

Last month, the Wake County Board of Education adopted a $1.25 billion budget that required them to eliminate 174 clerical positions – 60 of which are vacant – to save $5.4 million.

The deeper state budget cuts could require cutting some custodial and teacher's assistant jobs, the district's chief business officer has said.

Republican lawmakers on Saturday are expected to send their $19.7 billion budget to the governor, who has criticized the education provisions, calling them a charade.

The bill preserves 13,000 teaching assistant positions and includes $61 million for an additional 1,100 teachers in grades K-3, but it also increases general cuts from $4 million to $128 million.

"It’s a charade of sorts," Gov. Bev Perdue said Tuesday. "There’s no way for them to take these cuts without firing teachers and teachers' assistants."

The next day, her office issued a series of news releases analyzing the impact on school districts across the state.

The Wake County Public School System, for example, would lose $42.3 million under the proposed spending plan. Durham Public Schools would have to cut $9.3 million, and Cumberland County Schools would lose $15.1 million, according to the analysis.

Perdue said local school systems have already cut everything they can outside the classroom.

"They’ve done more with less for two years," she added. "There is nothing else left for them to cut but warm bodies."

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  • superman Jun 6, 2011

    There is no future for the USA. Jobs and industry are leaving this country ever day. Those of us who are fortunate enough to be working are buying foreign merchandise. We dont need more people in this country. What we need is more jobs. We should do like in some foreign countries limit the couples offspring. I also like to take this opportunity to remind the supt that the board failed to receive a 30 million federal grant. And then may I also just casually mention the board wasted another 3 million when they changed the location of a new high school. Even a 5th grade student can add that up and that is a loss to the people of Wake County of $33,000,000. He was able to find enough money for a $500 bonus for teachers and at the same time he was laying off other employees. I dont think many people working for the school system graduated from the 5th grade. Parents need to step up and be responsible for educating their own children. I wouldnt give 10 cents for education

  • OldWolf Jun 6, 2011

    Without a well educated population the USA has no chance of competing in any form of a future global economy. It is in the best interest of our country if its adult citizens encourage all youth to pursue education, specifically science and engineering. It’s a Patriotic act to support the USA and its citizens in this goal and all citizens should gladly pursue this ideal for the success and survival of the USA. To do otherwise is to guarantee our demise.

  • Mustange Jun 3, 2011

    Booo-Hoooo. Anyone else tired of this constant crying?
    Im not crying im for one cant wait for the total breakdown of the public school system. So everyone who has children can PAY A PRIVATE school to educate thim. Tired of paying for thim. Better save some money going rate for a private school per child per yaer is 5000 dollars YES 5000 a year.

  • NH Mom Jun 3, 2011

    We keep hearing about smaller class sizes Akan grades one thru three and teaching assistants. We do not hear in the news a out horribly over-crowded conditions in night schools. One teacher cannot effectively teach a 40 or more student in a class period, none of whom have a text book.

  • boneymaroney13 Jun 3, 2011

    Booo-Hoooo. Anyone else tired of this constant crying?

  • Mustange Jun 3, 2011

    Wait untill you dont have enough teachers to teach. Guess what thats going to be Raleighs big surprise. Dont think these teachers are staying they are working harder than ever to LEAVE this profession. Wouldnt that be something to see kids in a class room but no teacher and why should they stay the money, the love from the public, the hours, i seen teachers shovel out school supplies to children paid out of their own pockets. And yes go ahead and start up on the janitors and clerks the make so much money lol lol. But do some of the nastiest work that most folks wouldnt dare do. Some need to go work their job for a day and see if they get paid enough, i for one dont see how some of thim do it. This past flu season was terrible for the janitors at our school. I for one appreciate all the janitors for what they do and im glads its thim and NOT me.

  • Mustange Jun 3, 2011

    Look do the best you can but the public knows you will be limited to what you can do. All i hear about in our county is how many teachers have made up their minds to leave the profession. We may be looking at a teacher shortage with in the next couple of years.

  • Bring on the 4 Dollar Gas Jun 3, 2011

    It will mean nothing in job cuts. Maybe a few more janitors and clerks. It's just business as usual. The charade is that most of you think this is actually a good school system. Wait until the largest reassignment in Wake history kicks in when they crank up the new assignment model.

    You ain't seen nuthin' yet.