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2017-18 Board of Education's Proposed Budget

Superintendent's Proposed Budget

The Wake County Board of Education has approved a budget proposal for the 2017-18 school year. The proposal includes a request for an increase of $45.2 million in county appropriation. The total county appropriation request is just over $455.1 million dollars. The proposal now goes before the Wake County Board of Commissioners for consideration.

Local sources provide approximately 33 percent of the school system's revenue. The largest local source is the county appropriation, which accounts for 29%. When all sources of funding are combined, the school system’s total operating budget is approximately $1.6 billion, including an estimated 60 percent from the state of North Carolina and seven percent from federal sources.
 
The Wake County Board of Commissioners is expected to decide on the county appropriation part of the school system’s budget before the deadline of June 30.

Budget Priorities

   Cost  Detail
School Counselor with students   $9.9 million

Counselors
Funds will be used to support the first year of a three-year plan to bring the number of school counselors and social workers up to the national recommended student ratios.

 Student with blueprints $7.2 million

New Schools and School Changes
Funds will be used to operate four new schools - Hortons Creek Elementary, Rogers Lane Elementary, River Bend Middle and North Wake College and Career Academy - and to support changes related to school renovations.

Teacher carrying student   $7.1 million

Salary Increases
The funds will be used to match an estimated 3 percent state-legislated salary increase for locally-funded employees.

Assistant football coach at practice   $2.5 million

Extra-duty Pay Increase
Funds will be used to support the third year of a five-year plan to increase extra-duty pay to academic and athletic coaches.

Bus Driver   $2.2 million

Market Responsive Compensation
Funds will be used to create competitive salaries for our support staff, particularly in hard-hit areas such as transportation.

High school students performing science experiment $2 million

New Magnet Themes
Funds will be used to support the creation and revision of magnet themes at Lincoln Heights Elementary School, Bugg Elementary, Millbrook Elementary, and Southeast Raleigh High School.

 Friends $488,000

Office of Equity Affairs Expansion
Funds will be used to expand the personnel and professional development offerings of the Office of Equity Affairs. 



Budget Timeline

April 18, 2017
Public Hearing at the WCPSS Board of Education Meeting
5625 Dillard Drive, Cary, 27518
 
April 25, 2017
Work Session at the WCPSS Board of Education Meeting
5625 Dillard Drive, Cary, 27518
 
May 2, 2017
School board approves request at the WCPSS Board of Education Meeting
5625 Dillard Drive, Cary, 27518
 
May 12, 2017
Deadline to send budget proposal to Wake County Board of Commissioners
 
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