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Extra Funding For Wake Schools Cut From Proposed Budget

Posted May 16, 2005 8:48 a.m. EDT

— Next year's proposed budget, presented to the Wake County Board of Commissioners Monday, could be bad news for the county's schools.

The $806 million spending proposal does not account for the school system's requested additional $30 million.

Instead, the proposal sets aside just more than $12 million, even though superintendent Bill McNeal believes the schools will actually need $100 million over the next three years.

Wake County schools officials estimate that an average of 62 new students join the school system every day, which required the extra $30 million.

The budget, which does not propose raising taxes, now has to undergo two public hearings.

Commissioners will not take a final vote until the end of June.