Wake County teachers worry about budget cuts
The economic outlook for Wake County schools has gone from bad to worse. The system is being asked to return $5.4 million that the state had allocated to it, and that means teachers might have to do with less.Posted — Updated
"Somewhere along the line, it may not be a great public education for every child," said Tama Bouncer, teacher at Swift Creek Elementary School.
A request by the Wake County manager to cut an additional $5.7 million in county funding means the school system will be facing $11 million in cuts.
“Now, how many dollars that will accommodate is questionable. Beyond that, you are going to have to look for reductions wherever they are necessary,” county school board member Ron Margiotta said.
County money accounts for a third of the school system's budget. The state supplies 61 percent, and the federal government provides 6 percent.
“This will not be easy because we are a lean organization,” Burns said
The school system has to tell the state where it will make cuts by Dec. 19.
In July, the Wake County Board of Commissioners allotted the Wake County Public School System $319.2 million in the county budget for the 2008-2009 school year – nearly $36 million less than what the school board had requested.
Officials said the $80 million, which would have been used for funding later in the building process, meant that multiyear assignment plans could be handed out. The money also funded a program to computers and technology up to date.