Wake BOE approves $1.2B budget, converts 5 year-rounds

May 3, 2011 8:19:38 PM PDT
The Wake County Board of Education approved Superintendent Tony Tata's $1.2 billion budget Tuesday.

The final vote was 5-2 with board members Keith Sutton and Anne McClaurin voting against it. McClaurin voted no because she proposed an amendment to delay the vote and ask the county commission for more money.

Tata's budget maintains the student-teacher and reduces class sizes for fourth and fifth graders.

Teachers and teaching assistants are protected under the budget but there are cuts. The cuts include the elimination of 46 central services positions and 26 of those are filled. The budget could change based on what the legislature decides about state funding cuts.

The boards also unanimously voted to convert five year-round schools to a single track system. Alston Ridge, Highcroft, Lake Myra, Rand Road and Timber Drive will likely be on track four for the next two years.

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