Wake Ed

Wake County commissioners to hear school budget priorities

The Wake County Board of Commissioners will find out Monday afternoon about some of the school system’s budget priorities for the upcoming fiscal year.

During Monday’s commissioners’ work session, Wake County school staff will discuss some of the high-level budget priorities that the school board worked through at its February retreat. For instance, school board members were in universal agreement that the district needs to fund a program providing additional support for 12 high-needs elementary schools that suffer problems such as academic and staffing issues.

Another area that got widespread school board support was expansion of pre-kindergarten services for low-income children. Ideas that got varying levels of support included beefing up the district’s alternative learning centers and providing funding for starting new innovative academic designs.

Superintendent Jim Merrill will present his more than $1 billion budget proposal to the school board in April. After the board reviews and approves it, the budget would go to the commissioners in May.

Commissioners, who fund a quarter of the school district’s budget, will vote in June.