Wake School Board Ponders New Talks With Commissioners Over Funding

Wake School Board Ponders New Talks With Commissioners Over Funding

Presented with the kinds of cuts Wake County schools face in the new budget year, school board members said Tuesday it was time to sit down with their counterparts on the county commission to once again present the system’s “acute needs.”

In a school board afternoon work session, financial officer Mark Winters presented a pared-down budget that still showed a roughly $13 million shortfall. The Board of Commissioners, which doles out a portion of county funding to the schools, refused the schools’ request for $45 million in new funding this spring, instead offering $16 million in new money along with an instruction to the system to spend $21 million from its rainy-day fund.

School board members gave serious discussion to returning to the Board of Commissioners and in effect asking them to reconsider.…

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