2019-20 Board of Education 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 requests an increase in local funding of $48.3 million. Of that amount, almost $19.6 million is driven by state requirements. The proposal also includes savings of $14.9 million by eliminating one-time costs, reducing expenses and removing programs.
The budget plan now goes before the Wake County Commissioners for final approval. County commissioners provide the school system with 30% of its funding using primarily 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.
Cost Detail $19.6 million
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.
Funds will be used to open and operate four new schools - Green Level High, Parkside Elementary, Southeast Raleigh Elementary and Alston Ridge Middle.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
April 17, 2019Board 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, 2019The 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, 2019The County Manager presents his proposed budget to Commissioners, which includes his recommendation for school funding.May 7, 2019Board of Education members make adjustments to the Superintendent's proposal and adopt a plan to send to County Commissioners.May 20, 2019County 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, 2019County Commissioners hold their first work session following the May 20 public hearing.June 2019Commissioners will decide how much local funding to provide the school district. Local taxes cover about 30% of the school district's operating costs. The first regular meeting available to approve a county budget is June 3.June 2019North Carolina lawmakers are scheduled to approve a state budget, which provides the school system with about 60% of its funding.June 30 2019School board members must approve a final budget for 2019-2020 or adopt an interim budget while final details are decided.