Wake Ed

Wake County school board to review budget, hold public hearing

The budget, bell schedules, the weather makeup day statement and Superintendent Jim Merrill’s contract are among the items the Wake County school board will tackle Tuesday.

During the work session, the board will review Merrill’s proposed $1.4 billion operating budget for the 2015-16 fiscal year. Merrill wants to ask the Wake County Board of Commissioners for a $48.3 million local funding increase, with the majority of the increase going toward employee raises.

Historically, school boards rarely cut the superintendent’s budget proposal. So one of the things to see is whether the board adopts the budget as recommended or puts more in for a bigger funding request.

During the regular meeting, the budget public hearing will be held.

Other items on the agenda include:

▪ Board discussion during the work session of the weather statement to be used on the 2015-16 school calendars for makeup days. This comes after the confusion about what makeup days would be used this school year because wintry weather took out eight days of classes.

▪ Board adoption during the regular meeting of the 2015-16 school bell schedules. Nine schools are recommended for time shifts, all 10 minutes or less.

▪ Board approval of new contract terms that would make Merrill eligible for 5-percent pay boosts each year based on his performance.