The Wake County school board cut millions of dollars on Tuesday to balance the $1 billion operating budget and absorb the state’s pay raises for teachers.
School administrators said they need to cover $11 million in additional local dollars to largely match their share of the state’s raises for teachers. To make up the shortfall, the board approved cuts such as $4 million for buying fuel for buses, $3.5 million in new funding for the transportation department, $1.5 million in custodial services and $700,000 for utilities.
The cuts will allow Wake to still offer new programs such as $1.7 million to expand prekindergarten services, $930,000 for literacy initiatives, $305,000 to help schools with low graduation rates and $150,000 for the Knightdale Education Work Group., Administrators will also create a special reserve fund to pay for projects such as $1.75 million for academically struggling schools.
T. Keung Hui