Wake County School Board passes budget

May 2, 2012 4:17:40 AM PDT
The Wake County School Board passed a more than $1 billion budget for the upcoming school year Tuesday.

Superintendent Tony Tata's budget includes a request for an additional $8.8 million in funding from Wake County.

The budget also taps the district's rainy day fund to make up for lost state and federal funding.

The budget passed by a vote of six to three with several board members saying their yes vote was reluctant but necessary because state law requires the board to have a budget in place by May 15.

Board struggles to resolve school transportation issues

Wake County school officials also wrestled Tuesday with how to come up with transportation for nearly 550 students who were pre-assigned to a certain school, and decided to stay there instead of taking part in the new school choice process.

The district has said students who didn't want to leave their current school would be offered transportation.

Back in November, the fear was the district would have to find transportation for about 1500 students. The district has now gotten that down to about 550.

At a their meeting Tuesday afternoon, school board members Kevin Hill and Jim Martin said they feel the district must find a way to offer the transportation that was promised.

Also Tuesday, officials said they plan to delay the opening of Abbots Creek Elementary School because there was not enough interest. While there is also little interest in Richland Creek Elementary,  there are a number of surrounding schools (Heritage, Jones Dairy, North Forest Pines, Wake Forest Elementary) that are full and will likely spill over to help Richland Creek have enough students to open for the 2012-13 school year as a K-3rd grade school.

The school board also considering sending a survey out to parents asking about the new choice plan, how well it worked, what didn't. If they come to an agreement, that would be sent out mid-May.

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