School funding and school policing could dominate much of the discussion at today’s Wake County school board meeting.
The school board will get an update on the status of the 2014-15 operating budget during today’s work session. During the regular meeting, the board will adopt an interim budget that will cover the district’s finances until the state budget is finalized.
Amid the discussion, expect some grumbling that the Wake County Board of Commissioners only gave the school board a $14 million increase instead of the $39.3 million that was requested. Also expect some concerns to be raised about the possible impact of state budget cuts.
Also during the regular meeting, the board is scheduled to vote on the new school policing memorandum of understanding. The MOU would guide how school resource officers would operate through June 2017.
The MOU vote, which will likely draw more public comment from social-justice groups, comes as the board will also vote on a contracts of $340,542 with Raleigh and $151,352 with Cary for school resource officers for the 2014-15 school year. The board will also vote on a new contract with Allied Barton Security Services for the 2014-15 and 2015-15 school years at $1.48 million a year.
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Also on the agenda is a vote to pay $250,000 to extend the contract for Michael Alves’ consulting firm through the 2014-15 school year. Even though no students are being reassigned for the coming school year, the Office of Student Assignments wants to continue using Alves’ software and services