Student assignment, school budget, magnet school expansion and changes to the Vernon Malone College and Career Academy are among the items that will be discussed at today’s Wake County school board meeting.
A lot of parents, particularly in western Wake, will want to see if the the second draft of the 2015-16 assignment proposal presented at the work session has the changes they requested. The new draft will also be the subject of at least three community meetings that start Thursday night at Wake Forest High School.
Also during the work session, school administrators will recommend the changes that need to be made to balance the 2014-15 budget. This includes how much of the new programs, such as extra funding for high-poverty schools, needs to be cut or scaled back to compensate for state funding cuts and the state’s new teacher pay raises.
The official vote, along with the waiving of board policy to keep and use more than half the district’s fund balance to balance the budget, will occur during the regular meeting. The board will also vote on requesting the $3.75 million in funding that county commissioners set aside for teacher raises in lieu of the district’s request for $29.1 million in raises.
Wake has been operating on an interim budget since July 1.
During the work session, staff will present two items that would impact school choices options next year for families.
One proposal would be to add magnet school programs to Hodge Road Elementary School in Knightdale and four Raleigh schools - Broughton High School, Daniels Middle School and Jeffreys Grove and Stough elementary schools.
The other proposal would be to allow rising ninth-grade students to attend the Vernon Malone College and Career Academy.