Wake County School Board talks budget

March 19, 2013 8:12:44 PM PDT
A $1.38 billion budget is on the table for Wake County School Board members to consider.

Board members met Tuesday to talk about where they stand on the budget.

"We want to be honest and straightforward with the board even if we have to give them an answer they don't want," said Wake County School Interim Supt. Stephen Gainey.

The newest school board member, Bill Fletcher, had questions on the proposed budget.

"I'm looking forward to making a contribution," said Fletcher.

Fletcher asked for a breakdown of several things such as funding support for beginning teachers, money for security, and even janitorial costs.

Gainey said the answers to those questions and more might not please everyone.

"We are in tough budget times," he said. "Everybody knows that and that's just what it is, but we can't let bad times distract us from doing what's right for kids."

So far, some things are already known about the budget. There are no major cuts, employees will stay where they are, and class size is going down.

There will be two more work sessions scheduled for next month. The board hopes to have a budget in place by May 7.

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