2019-20 Superintendent's Proposed Budget

Superintendent's Proposed Budget
  • Superintendent Cathy Moore shared her proposed budget for fiscal year 2019-2020 during a school board meeting April 2. The proposal requests an increase in local funding of $48.9 million. Of that amount, $19.6 million is driven by state requirements. The proposal also includes savings of $14.4 million by eliminating one-time costs, reducing expenses and removing programs.

    The budget plan now goes before the Wake County Board of Education for consideration. Once board members complete their changes in May, the proposal will be sent to the Wake County Board of Commissioners for final approval. County commissioners provide the school system with 30% of its funding using local tax dollars. State legislators provide the funding for 59% of the school system's budget, the federal government provides 7% and the final 4% comes from various sources that do not require tax dollars.    

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

     

    Budget Highlights

       Cost  Detail
    Picture of student   $19.5 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 $8.1 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 $2.7 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.

      $8.6 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 7, 2019
    Board members will make adjustments to the superintendent's proposal and adopt a plan to send to county commissioners. 
      
    June 2019
    Commissioners will decide how much local funding to provide the school district. Local taxes cover about 30% of the school district's operating costs.
     
    June 2019
    North Carolina lawmakers are scheduled to approve a state budget, which provides the school system with about 60% 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.