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Wake County May Cut Raises for Teachers

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RALEIGH, N.C. — The Wake County school board will consider cutting planned pay raises for teachers and school employees at a budget meeting Tuesday.

Wake County commissioners budgeted  more money for the Wake County school system than last year, but the amount was $5 million less than the school board requested.

The school board said that it hoped raises would help it compete against the private sectors for workers. For example, the board wanted to attract mechanics after a poor transportation-safety report this spring.

The school board had planned a 0.25 percent raise for teachers and a 1.23 percent raise for bus drivers, cafeteria workers and other school employees. The state raise of 4 or 5 percent for this employees is still in effect.

The school board meets at noon Tuesday, and members are expected to vote on a final plan at by 2 p.m.