Wake superintendent asks for bigger budget

March 4, 2008 2:31:56 PM PST
Wake County Superintendent Del Burns presented a $1.9 billion budget to school board members Tuesday.

It includes a $35 million increase in local funding which would need county commissioners approval. State and federal funding covers the rest.

"That works out to an extra $140 per student," Burns said. "That's a couple of tanks of gas for those of us who drive minivans and SUV's. This is a no frills budget." Burns says about half of the increase will cover the cost of growth.

Wake expects to welcome additional 6,400 students next school year for a total enrollment of 140,000 students. The increase covers operating costs at three new schools as well. The school system also has to cover the cost of state mandated increases in salaries and benefits.

A public hearing will be held March 18. The pubilc can review the plan and comment on the school system's website www.wcpss.net.

School board members will have work sessions in March and April before a final vote in late April.