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County Commissioner Proposes Additional Funding For Wake County Schools

Posted June 13, 2005 3:58 a.m. EDT

— A new proposal presented to Wake County commissioners Monday would give more money to Wake County Schools.

At a budget workshop Monday morning, Wake County Commissioner Herb Council offered an additional $2.3 million for the school system, but it is still $15 million less than the additional $29 million the school system requested.

The Wake County School System will get $248 million from Wake County, which is more than it received last year, but the school system still says it is not enough to keep up with growth and expectations.

School leaders said without the additional funding, improvement projects, jobs and programs could be affected. In addition, dental benefits for all school system employees would be eliminated.

County leaders also suggested Monday to bring school employees under the county dental program so the service will not be cut.

County leaders expect a final vote June 20.