RALEIGH — Wake County Public School System staff have presented to the Board of Education a list of recommendations for closing a funding gap of about $17.5 million. The recommendations include a mix of cuts to central office and schools.
No layoffs are anticipated. In fact, the board believes the employees are entitled to the same pay raise Wake County is providing its employees. They recommend an additional $3 million in local funding to give support staff a total 3-percent salary increase, plus a non-recurring 0.5% bonus, as outlined in the state budget.
The teachers and certified staff will receive pay raises as state lawmakers provided in the updated salary schedule in the state budget. The scheduled Year 2 phase-in of increases to performance pay for teachers who take on extra academic and athletic duties will continue.
Area staff recommended cost-saving adjustments include:
•Custodial services reduced by one day a week.
•Temperature settings adjusted by one degree to reduce heating and cooling costs.
•A small decrease in instructional supply allotments.
•A reduction of central services contracts.
•Freezing central office vacancies for 90 days.
•Adjustments to teacher funding allotments for elementary and middle schools.
•Postponing the expansion of middle school visual and performing arts offerings.
•Reducing the transportation budget to absorb state budget reductions for transportation.
•Postponing the hiring and implementation of new instructional technology facilitators.
The $17.5 million deficit comes from the funding gap between the Proposed 2016-17 Operating Budget and the final Wake County and State of North Carolina budgets, in addition to the $3 million for staff pay raises.
The school board will discuss the options and vote on the final proposed budget in August.
For more information about the proposed budget, see www.wcpss.net.budget.