Wake superintendent asks for bigger budget

WAKE COUNTY

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.

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