RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – Thousands of students in Wake County will be heading to school Monday morning.
It’s a big day of firsts for many students, but also for many new teachers who have recently been hired.
Wake County Public School System say they have been busy this summer hiring dozens of teachers and staff members to fill vacancies at current schools and schools that are just opening this year.
Wake county schools have a $17 million dollar budget gap.
The school board voted on the final budget a few weeks ago and say they are fine with making cuts.
As part of a plan to balance the budget, Wake County will cut back on how many times schools are cleaned.
The county says each school principal is responsible for filling open staff positions and says all schools have been interviewing candidates for open positions up until now.
Wake County officials say they still have positions left.
They say that doesn’t mean classrooms will be left empty.
Elementary schools will be cleaned every other week day and middle and high schools will be cleaned twice a week.
The school board considered cutting back cleaning at elementary schools to just twice a week but reconsidered that idea after hearing from parents.
Many parents told the school board they were worried about their kids’ health, especially during cold and flu season when germs spread quickly.
The school system says they’ll also adjust the temperatures in schools to cut back on heating and cooling costs and they also will cut funding for supplies.
The budget does not call for any teacher or staff cuts and instead they will be getting raises, officials say.