Wake County Schools

Wake County schools' funding deficit could mean fewer resources, counselors

Posted July 18

— Wake County school leaders were balancing their checkbooks Tuesday, after they did not get all the money they hoped for from county commissioners and state lawmakers.

Although the district did receive some increased funding from the county, the amount was $24 million less than what school leaders requested.

Despite some increases in certain areas from teh state, school officials believe the state budget will cost the district $4.5 million and, to balance the budget, some things may have to go.

There have already been cuts in transportation, the reserve fund balance and other adjustments, but it is not enough to fill the funding gap.

School board members are now looking at possible reductions in resources per student, delays in pay increases for athletic coaches and potentially eliminating plans to increase the number of school counselors across the county.

School board members hope to meet with county commissioners again to potentially work out an agreement.

"I think we can avoid it by having the hard conversations with our commissioners about what this means," Wake County school board Chairwoman Monika Johnson-Hostler said.

No date for a meeting between school officials and county commissioners has been set.

The district is currently operating on an interim budget, and final recommended budget changed will be made Aug. 1.


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  • Arinzo Williams Jul 19, 10:34 a.m.
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    Doing away with sports is the most idiotic idea,
    We are already the most "obese" country in the world. Our kids spend minimal time outside and in PE compared to when I was a kid. Education is important yes but when the education system is so corrupt and lacking taking away activities that let kids release energy is a bad idea. We already do not have books so why have lockers? Kids are so unruly in school now the educators feel like they are serving a life sentence. I know of two teachers last year who sped up retirement plans just because of discipline in our schools. Doing away with school activities is not going to save that much money if they did take it away what would be next LUNCH? I see how bad that is already my child doesn't want to eat that garbage they serve. Just think if kids are not eating how are they concentrating if they are hungry if they are not concentrating how are they LEARNING!

  • Catherine Edwards Jul 19, 10:05 a.m.
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    When you don't educate your children well then the best opportunities in this state go to people who move in from other states/countries that do educate their children well.

  • Teddy Fowler Jul 19, 9:50 a.m.
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    The sky is always falling with the Wake County School system.... I guess it's not good enough that Wake County has now raised our property taxes four years in a row....

  • Carl Keehn Jul 19, 9:12 a.m.
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    They're not. At least not in the art programs. Marching Band is self funded, the band boosters/parents pay for uniforms, transportation, instruments and instrument repairs and any incidental expenses including band scholarships. When my son participated in the Sanderson program, the fair share amount for each student was in excess of $800. I'm sure it's more now.

    The athletic programs do receive more funding from the school but a great deal of that program is also self funded. Football is the big expense and the boosters do a great deal of fundraising, including the management of the concessions. With the wrestling program, the boosters/parents purchased new singlets and a new wrestling mat for the school. The parents also provided the transportation for the wrestlers to get to matches.

  • Phil Manutz Jul 19, 8:59 a.m.
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    Here's an idea, WCPSS needs to stop funding extra curricular activities at this point. If someone wants to play music or sports, those people need to do fundraisers so they can pay to play. Education is way more important than playing sports.