2019-20 Board of Education Proposed Budget

Superintendent's Proposed Budget
  • The Wake County Board of Education approved its budget request of Wake County Commissioners for fiscal year 2019-2020 during the school board's May 7th regular meeting. The proposal requested an increase in local funding of $48.3 million. Of that amount, almost $19.6 million is driven by state requirements. The proposal also included savings of $14.9 million by eliminating one-time costs, reducing expenses and removing programs.

    Wake County Commissioners, who provide the school system with 30% of the school district's funding, agreed to increase funding $45 million for fiscal year 2019-2020. State legislators, who provide roughly 59% of the school system's funding, have not yet approved a budget for next year. The federal government provides 7% of the school district's funding with the final 4% coming from various sources that do not require tax dollars. The Wake Board of Education has no taxing authority.

    Budget highlights are listed below. Or, download a complete list of budget requests. 


    Budget Highlights

       Cost  Detail
    Picture of student   $19.6 million

    Legislative Impact

    Funds in this category will be used to cover legislative requirements such as the financial support of charter schools, costs associated with smaller K-3 classes and an increase in local costs for retirement and insurance. Local funds will also be needed to support anticipated salary increases approved by the state. 

     Picture of principal with students $8.2 million

    New Schools 

    Funds will be used to open and operate four new schools - Green Level High, Parkside Elementary, Southeast Raleigh Elementary and Alston Ridge Middle.

     Picture of students at a game $2.4 million

    Special Education Services

    Most of the funding in this category will pay for pre-school teachers and assistants, transportation assistants and contracts with transportation vendors.

     Picture of mechanics $3.8 million

    Non-Certified Salary Increases

    Funds will be used to support the first year of a multi-year plan to create competitive salaries for custodians, child nutrition workers, bus drivers and skilled laborers such as fleet mechanics, HVAC technicians and clerical staff.  

     Picture of HVAC technician $2.5 million

    Deferred Maintenance Needs

    Funds will be used to support the first year of a multi-year plan to help reduce a backlog of work orders, many of which involve regular repairs to heating and cooling systems stretched beyond normal and recommended life spans.

     Picture of football game $3.7 million

    Extra-duty Pay Increase

    Most of the money in this category will be used to support the final year of a five-year plan to increase extra-duty pay to academic and athletic coaches.

      $8.1 million

    Remaining budget items

    You can see a breakdown of all budget items, including page numbers in the superintendent's budget book for each description, using this budget summary.


Budget Timeline


    April 17, 2019
    Board members will conduct a public work session to review details of the superintendent's proposed budget. Information gathered at this meeting will be used by board members to decide whether they want to make changes before sending the budget request to county commissioners.
    April 23, 2019
    The Board of Education will hold a public hearing about the budget. Comments at the hearing will used by the board before making final decisions. 
    May 6, 2019
    The County Manager presents his proposed budget to Commissioners,  which includes his recommendation for school funding.
    May 7, 2019
    Board of Education members make adjustments to the Superintendent's proposal and adopt a plan to send to County Commissioners. 
    May 20, 2019
    County Commissioners will hold two public hearings on their final budget, which includes the request from the Board of Education approved May 7. The county's hearings will be at 2 pm in the Wake County Justice Center in downtown Raleigh and 7 pm at the Commons Building, 4011 Carya Drive, Raleigh.
    May 29, 2019
    County Commissioners hold their first work session following the May 20 public hearing. 
    June 3, 2019
    Commissioners approve an increase of $45 million in local funding for the school system.
    June 2019
    North Carolina lawmakers are scheduled to approve a state budget, which provides the school system with about 59% of its funding. 
    June 30, 2019
    School board members must approve a final budget for 2019-2020 or adopt an interim budget while final details are decided.