Wake Ed

Wake County to discuss school operating and capital budgets

Finances will play a big part of Tuesday’s Wake County school board discussions.

During the work session, the board will hold a final review of Superintendent Jim Merrlll’s request for a $48.3 million local funding increase from the Wake County Board of Commissioners. At the last budget work session, some board members proposed adding as much as an additional $5.8 million to the budget request.

The vote on the $1.4 billion operating budget proposal will take place at the regular meeting.

In another financial issue, staff will give an update on recent construction costs from projects being funded out of the 2013 school construction bond referendum. Costs have been consistently high since the program started. If it gets bad enough, some projects could be delayed.

The board is also scheduled to give preliminary approval of a policy regulating the use of classroom pets and animals used in the classroom for instructional purposes. Administrators say the new policy would ensure consistent standards for how animals are treated across Wake’s schools.