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Wake County school board may approve fewer school cleanings

Delmi Umana, head custodian at Hodge Road Elementary School in Knightdale, N.C., cleans the rug in a classroom at the school Tuesday, July 26, 2016.
Delmi Umana, head custodian at Hodge Road Elementary School in Knightdale, N.C., cleans the rug in a classroom at the school Tuesday, July 26, 2016. ehyman@newsobserver.com

The Wake County school board could decide Tuesday whether it’s willing to cut back on school cleanings to help close a $17.5 million budget shortfall.

During the work session, the board will discuss all the recommendations that staff have made to close the shortfall, including reducing school cleanings, reducing money on instructional supplies and providing fewer teachers to schools.

If the board can reach a consensus during the work session, a vote on the budget cuts will be made at the regular meeting.

The idea of saving $3.6 million by reducing the number of school cleanings from three days a week to twice a week has drawn a lot of concern. But to eliminate the cut or to minimize it, money would have to be found elsewhere in the budget.

Also during the work session, the board will get an update on the proposed career and technical education high school that could open in Wake Forest in 2017. If all goes well with the presentation, the board will vote during the regular meeting on a memorandum of agreement with Wake Tech to operate the new high school.

Also on Tuesday, the board will vote during the regular meeting on changing the name of the new high school in Fuquay-Varina from Kennebec Road High to Willow Springs High. Fuquay-Varina town leaders asked for the name change to Willow Springs High.

The board will also vote on naming a new elementary school in Holly Springs as Buckhorn Creek Elementary. The board’s facilities committee had previously recommended naming it as Honeycutt Road Elementary but changed its mind last week after staff raised concerns that the name could cause confusion. The future Willow Spring High is off Old Honeycutt Road.

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