Raleigh, N.C. — State and county leaders held a forum Tuesday night to discuss how to keep education standards high as the recession confronts school systems with budget shortfalls, layoffs and building delays.
Karen Rindge, executive director of the forum organizer WakeUP Wake County, said the goal was to keep communities focused on providing the best education possible despite budget woes.
In Wake County, Superintendent Del Burns has said the school system might have to take some tough measures to keep within budget for next year.
"It is likely there will be larger class sizes. It is likely the level of services provided will change. We may have to eliminate some services," Burns said.
The school system has proposed $1.7 billion budget for 2009-2010 – $700,000 more than this year's budget – but could get less than that from the county and state, Burns has cautioned. Despite the extra funding in the proposed budget, per-pupil spending would still drop, with an anticipated 2,500 new students entering the system and three new schools opening.
The WakeUP Wake education forum was held at 7 p.m. at the McKimmon Center on Gorman Street in Raleigh.