Wake Ed

Wake County school board committee to discuss teacher contracts, short session and budget

The Wake County school board’s government relations committee will game plan today how to handle everything from teacher contracts to the General Assembly short session to lobbying for the school budget.

The committee is scheduled to discuss last week’s court ruling granting the Durham and Guilford school systems a preliminary injunction not to offer 25 percent of their teachers contracts that give them raises in exchange for surrendering tenure. School systems are waiting to see if the court order will be extended statewide.

The committee is also scheduled to discuss the inter-local agreement adopted by the school board and county commissioners to work together on school construction.

The committee is scheduled to discuss legislative priorities for the short session that begins in May. Items will likely include asking state legislators to rescind the 25 percent teacher contract requirement.

The last item on the agenda is “discussion of the Board of Education’s 2014-15 proposed budget priorities.” The school board passed last week a $1.3 billion operating budget proposal that includes requesting commissioners give a $39.3 million increase, with much of the new money going toward pay raises.

The school board is lobbying commissioners to provide the extra funding.