The Wake County PTA Council is backing the school system’s request for a $35.7 million increase in local funding this year and is urging individual school PTAs to also get involved in the budget battle.
The Wake PTA Council Board of Directors passed a resolution Friday supporting full funding of the Wake County school board’s budget request. The vote comes after school administration listed Tuesday a list of painful budget cuts that might be needed if Wake County Manager Jim Hartmann’s recommendation to provide a $23.9 million increase is approved.
Staff listed options such as raising class sizes, charging students to play sports, freezing teacher salary supplements, not providing planned pay raises to athletic coaches and ending after-school activity buses as potential ways to close the shortfall.
In an email addressed to PTA leaders, Wake PTA Council President Hardin Engelhardt said the board is encouraging PTAs to pass their own resolutions in support of full school funding. She said PTAs can call a special meeting to pass the resolution, including using free conference call services that are available.
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Engelhardt also said that individual PTA members may want to contact the Wake County Board of Commissioners and speak at one of Monday’s two budget public hearings.
Engelhardt’s email includes a link to the list of commissioners and their contact information. She also included dates and times for Monday’s budget public hearings;
▪ 2 p.m. at the Wake County Justice Center, 300 S. Salisbury St. in Raleigh.
▪ 7 p.m. at the Wake County Commons Building, 4011 Carya Drive in Raleigh.
Englehardt said the Wake PTA Council will be sharing its resolution with the commissioners, school board and other elected officials.