Wake Co. Schools weigh cuts to close funding gap

CARY, N.C. (WNCN) – The Wake County School Board held a special meeting Tuesday afternoon to discuss a potential funding gap in the operating budget for the next fiscal year.

In the meeting at the WCPSS Central Office in Cary, board members discussed possible strategies to address the potential funding gap in its proposed operating budget for the upcoming fiscal year. The school system is concerned that per-student funding from the state is 2 percent less than it was seven years ago, according to the system, while student enrollment has increased 14 percent.

Also during the meeting, board members planned to vote on the school district’s Capital Improvement Plan to build, renovate and maintain schools over the next seven years.

One Wake County community group, the Youth Organizing Institute, sent a release Tuesday encouraging parents and students to attend the meeting Tuesday.

According to the release, the group is concerned with how the $35.7 million in additional funds the district has requested will be spent.

“Suspensions and racial disparities in school disciplinary actions in WCPSS are still high. Of the $35.7 million being requested, we are seeking transparency about how funding will be spent to address disciplinary issues in our schools,” the release said.


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