2018-19 Superintendent's Proposed Budget
On April 10, staff presented a 2018-2019 proposed budget increase of $58.9 million to the Wake County Board of Education.
The proposal includes $48 million to maintain the current level of service to children in our community. This addresses recent decisions by state lawmakers, opening four new schools, absorbing student population growth in existing schools and the need to cover a shortfall in special education.
The proposal also includes $11 million in improvements. A majority of that funding would be used to increase the number of school counselors, social workers and psychologists as well as services for the Academically and Intellectually Gifted.
These are some of the largest items required to maintain the current level of service to students:
State legislation - $19.5 million | Money transferred to charter schools, employee benefits, the local share of teacher salary increases, and steps to reduce class size carry a significant cost this year.
Growth - $11 million | Most growth costs are found in four new schools, from teachers and custodians to utilities and security systems. Additional teachers to handle inreased enrollment at existing schools are also needed.
Special Education - $8 million | A federal grant awarded to special education programs almost 10 years ago allowed the district to avoid other reductions. It lasted much longer than predicted, but the money is finally gone.
These are some of the largest items that would improve the level of service to students:
Counselors, Social Workers and Psychologists - $5 million | Learning improves for everyone when the social and emotional needs of all students are supported. The district enrolls 447 students per counselor, twice the recommended standard.
Academically and Intellectually Gifted - $3 million | State funding for academically gifted students is capped at 4 percent of total enrollment. In Wake County, 15 percent of students meet the standard.
April 17, 2018School board members hold a work session where they publicly question and debate the superintendent’s proposal.April 17, 2018 - 5:30 PMThe Board of Education holds a public hearing. Comments at this hearing, as well as email and other feedback, are used by the board when making final decisions. Put this event on your calendar.May 1, 2018Board members approve their formal request for money from Wake County Commissioners. The budget must be delivered to commissioners by May 15.June 15, 2018Commissioners typically decide in mid June how much money to provide schools. This decision is critical because it represents more than one-fourth of the school district’s operating money.June 30, 2018This is the last day of the “fiscal year.” It is not uncommon for state lawmakers, who provide nearly 60 percent of the school system’s funding, to still be working on a budget at this time.July 1, 2018This is the first day of a new “fiscal year.” If elected leaders have not yet decided how much money to provide schools, the school board approves an “interim budget” until final decisions are made. Interim budgets are fairly common.