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School Funding Expected To Be Hot Topic At Wake Commissioners Meeting

Posted June 20, 2005 6:11 a.m. EDT

— The Wake County Board of Commissioners is expected to decide on how to spend more than $800 million when board members vote on the county budget Monday. The most controversial aspect of the budget is funding for schools.

The Wake County Public School System has asked for an additional $29 million. The county manager recommended providing less than half of that.

The timing comes on the heels of an investigation into school transportation fraud. WRAL uncovered documents, which show employees spent millions to purchase personal items.

"We have aggressively been recovering $1.5 million in fraudulently acquired merchandise and funds," said Wake County Superintendent Bill McNeal.

"Two million, four million (dollars), I'm not sure what it is, but I'm pretty sure that snafu alone could cover dental benefits," said Donna Solari.

Other cuts could include about 50 teacher assistants and 12 to 14 central office jobs.