Wake Ed

Wake County manager to give school funding recommendation

The next big step for determining how much of a local funding increase the Wake County school board will get for the 2015-16 fiscal year will take place Monday afternoon.

At today’s Wake County Board of Commissioners meeting, County Manager Jim Hartmann will present his recommended 2015-16 county budget. A lot of the focus will be on how much of the school system’s requested $48.3 million funding increase that Hartmann recommends providing.

From there, the commissioners will hold public hearings June 1, a budget work session on June 8 and a vote on June 15.

James West, chairman of the board of commissioners, has called the $48.3 million increase a “budget buster” and “not practical.”

Even Wake County school board member Jim Martin has admitted they the district likely won’t get its request for a 14-percent increase in county funding.

But with the all-Democratic board of commissioners having campaigned last fall on boosting school funding, Hartmann’s recommendation could still set the stage for a bigger increase than would have been provided by the former Republican board majority.