Wake County schools discussing budgets and language immersion

Posted by T. Keung Hui on March 18, 2014 

School funding and the ability money has to influence academics will be a topic of today’s Wake County school board meeting.

After being postponed two weeks ago, Wake County Superintendent Jim Merrill will present at today’s regular board meeting his proposed budget for the 2014-15 school year. We’ll see how much of the $23.5 million in extra county revenue this year he’ll hope to get from commissioners.

One example of the impact of the new funding will come during the board work session, where staff will propose spending $99,900 to start new language immersion programs at two schools.

Staff wants to start a Spanish dual-language immersion program at Hodge Road Elementary School, citing as one reason the recommendations from the Knightdale Area Education Work Group to add more programming to the town’s schools. About half the day would be spent talking in Spanish.

Staff also wants to start a Mandarin Chinese full-language immersion program at Stough Elementary School in Raleigh. The entire day would be taught in Chinese for those students.

Other topics today include updates to the district’s plan for Academically and Intellectually Gifted students and waiving the board policy requiring bell schedules to be adopted by April 1.

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