Wake Ed

Wake County school board to discuss equity and budget priorities

The Wake County school board will focus on the issues of equity and budget priorities at its Valentine Day’s winter retreat.

On Saturday morning, the board will try to define what educational equity should look like in the district.

In the afternoon, the board will discuss what it wants staff to include in the 2015-16 fiscal year budget. Board members will review the items they ranked from a January list of options.

The items that got the most votes for additional funding were expanding pre-kindergarten programs for low-income children, innovative programs at existing schools, high-needs schools and professional development.

Extra compensation for teachers and support staff didn’t get the most votes from the board members.

The retreat is scheduled to run from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the United Way of the Greater Triangle, 2400 Perimeter Park Dr. in Morrisville.