Wake County Schools

Wake school board approves $1.3B budget

Posted May 7, 2013

Wake County Public School System
Map Marker  Find News Near Me

— The Wake County Board of Education on Tuesday unanimously approved a $1.3 billion proposed budget for 2013-14.

The recommendation includes a request for nearly $327 million in county funding. If the Wake County Board of Commissioners approves the request, it would mark an increase of $8.3 million over the current year’s funding.

The proposed budget, which was introduced March 5, also includes no reduction in force and covers the cost of 3,000 additional students and one new high school in Rolesville.

The school board must submit its budget request to the county by May 15. If the county does not approve the full amount, the school board will have to adjust spending.

The same procedure will apply to the request the board will make for $787 million in state appropriations.

Before casting his vote, school board member Jim Martin said he wasn’t “terribly happy” with the budget. He highlighted an earlier vote to waive board policy and apply $28 million in fund balances toward next year rather than returning it to the county.

Martin said that decision means the board isn’t cutting enough debt.

“We need this budget. It has to pass, but I can’t say that I’m pleased and I’m not going to say that, if we get this budget, we’re getting $8.3 million additional dollars,” he said. “We’re just getting a $20 million deficit cut instead of a $28 million cut.”

8 Comments

This story is closed for comments. Comments on WRAL.com news stories are accepted and moderated between the hours of 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Oldest First
View all
  • chrisnrali May 8, 2:18 p.m.

    sure am glad I don't live in wake county and have to pay for the ridiculously overdone schools. When you walk in the door of your local school you'd think you just walked into a multimillion dollar business or art museum. Not to mention that every illegals kid we now have to educate and supply computer equipment for. WE HAVE INVESTED TOO MUCH IN EDUCATION ALREADY.
    Hope that sinks in soon. Kids are dieing in hospitals because of lack of funding to fight disease and you want little jose and little suzy to have a huge school and teachers aids all over the place? Health FIRST. Get over yourselves.

  • babbleon1 May 8, 1:17 p.m.

    When is the last time anyone saw any REAL administrative cuts? Mommyoftwo

    Let's see - how about 2011 and 2010? Both years, Wake Co cut central office jobs, 47 and 83 respectively. We've cut to the bone, it's time to start re-investing in education.

    http://www.wral.com/news/education/wake_county_schools/story/9809265/

    http://www.wral.com/news/education/story/7149061/

  • krimson May 8, 11:26 a.m.

    "It is my hope to someday see the Public System completely disappear."

    Like in the many 3rd world nations around the world??? Got it...

  • krimson May 8, 11:25 a.m.

    WEIS: Let's cut out the Gov't middle-man when it comes to money and private schools. You can send a check (or cash) directly to me whenever you like. I promise to use it on my son's education. Let me know when you are ready and I'll give you my mailing address.

    Until then, quit volunteering everyone else's tax-money to be spent how you like...

  • Mommyoftwo May 8, 10:01 a.m.

    No reduction in force?? I'm glad to see the teachers aren't being cut but not happy to see they still choose to cover their cronies instead of actually having a decent budget. When is the last time anyone saw any REAL administrative cuts? And when was the last time those administrative cuts impacted anyone as a Sr. Administrator or higher?

    WCPSS - You are a joke!

  • cantstandgoloanymore May 8, 9:53 a.m.

    whatelseisnew - so I'm guessing you don't realize that school population changes can occur during the middle of the school year? Instead of calling them the "school board" we would be able to change their name to the "budget board" since that is the only thing they would be able to accomplish using your method.

  • whatelseisnew May 7, 7:52 p.m.

    The other thing the county should do is dole out the money on a quarterly basis. The first quarter can be based on Student Population GUESSES by the school board. The next quarter would then be adjusted either up or down depending on actual student population. It is my hope to someday see the Public System completely disappear.

  • whatelseisnew May 7, 7:49 p.m.

    Since the school board failed to return the money the Commissioners should agree to give them 20 million less than they requested. I would like to see the dollars coming from the State and the County to be held flat and force the system to change its ways. Then the State and county can apply more money to vouchers for private schools.