The Wake County Board of Education has approved a budget proposal for the 2017-18 school year. The proposal includes a request for an increase of $45.2 million in county appropriation. The total county appropriation request is just over $455.1 million dollars. The proposal now goes before the Wake County Board of Commissioners for consideration.
Local sources provide approximately 33 percent of the school system's revenue. The largest local source is the county appropriation, which accounts for 29%. When all sources of funding are combined, the school system’s total operating budget is approximately $1.6 billion, including an estimated 60 percent from the state of North Carolina and seven percent from federal sources.
The Wake County Board of Commissioners is expected to decide on the county appropriation part of the school system’s budget before the deadline of June 30.
Funds will be used to support the first year of a three-year plan to bring
the number of school counselors and social workers up to the national
recommended student ratios.
New Schools and School Changes
Funds will be used to operate four new schools - Hortons Creek
Elementary, Rogers Lane Elementary, River Bend Middle and North Wake College
and Career Academy - and to support changes related to school renovations.
The funds will be used to match an estimated 3 percent state-legislated salary increase for locally-funded employees.
Extra-duty Pay Increase
Funds will be used to support the third year of a five-year plan to
increase extra-duty pay to academic and athletic coaches.
Market Responsive Compensation
Funds will be used to create
competitive salaries for our support staff, particularly in hard-hit areas such as transportation.
New Magnet Themes
Funds will be used to support the creation and
revision of magnet themes at Lincoln Heights Elementary School, Bugg
Elementary, Millbrook Elementary, and Southeast Raleigh High School.
Office of Equity Affairs Expansion
Funds will be used to expand the personnel and professional development
offerings of the Office of Equity Affairs.