WCPSS Central Services: A Snapshot

Last week the Wake County School Board passed a $1.2 billion budget.  The budget included $20 million in funding cuts; a number which may still rise as high as $40 million, depending on the final budget numbers from the state and county.  The $20 million in cuts is from Central Services and includes 68 layoffs and the elimination of 57 vacant positions.

Since additional cuts may be likely, much of the discussion has focused on where those cuts might come from and how to make additional cuts while minimizing the impact on the classroom.  WCPSS officials have repeatedly stated any additional cuts – over and above the $20 million – would impact the classroom, because it is not possible for administration to absorb any additional cuts.

Central Services
According to the WCPSS budget documents, Central Services currently includes school-based personnel and non-school based personnel. School-based personnel are designated with budget codes of 800, while non-school based personnel are designated with 900 codes. A September 2009 spreadsheet of WCPSS employees lists 733 full-time employees whose title and salary are linked to budget codes in the 900s. According to the budget codes listed below, non-school based Central Services are comprised of thirteen different offices, departments or divisions. The largest non-school based Central Services divisions, by full-time personnel include: Auxiliary Services, Administrative Services, Instructional Services and Human Resources. Full-time non-school based Central Services employees are divided as follows.  

Full-Time Non-School Based Central Services
Employees By Division and Number, September 2009

Office/Department

Number of Employees

Budget Codes

Superintendent/Chief of Staff

36

905

Area Superintendents

15

906

Communications Division

34

907

Technology Services

51

910

Student Services

67

920

Instructional Services

79

925

Maintenance & Operations

35

930

Human Resources

71

935

Facilities Planning

55

940

Administrative Services

108

965

Evaluation & Research

29

970

Auxiliary Services

133

980

Growth & Planning

20

981

Total

733

Selected WCPSS Non-School Based Central Services
Employee Groups by Number and Average Salary, September 20091

Title

Number in Category

Average Annualized Salary2

Area Superintendent

6

$129,356

 Assistant Superintendent

5

$127,132

Senior Director

34

$99,308

Directors

54

$87,828

Senior Administrator

137

$72,495

Coordinating Teacher

6

$61,156

Coordinator

4

$54,619

Administrator

55

$62,586

Accountants

10

$48,240

Team Leader

8

$48,020

Investigators

7

$43,977

Training Specialists

11

$43,556

Secretary – Assoc. Supt.

7

$43,643

Secretary – Asst. Supt.

6

$40,005

Customer Support Analysts

7

$41,060

Departmental Budget Analyst

9

$38,955

Comp. Reporting Specialist

2

$39,774

Secretary – Area Supt.

6

$39,053

Secretary – Senior Director

20

$32,498

Data Manager

7

$34,946

Processing Technicians

40

$34,640

Accounts Payable – Proc. Technicians

6

$34,232

Mechanics

57

$33,775

Central Office Receptionists

3

$30,334

Secretary – Senior Administration

21

$30,883

The previous tables detail the range of offices, number of employees and salary levels of individuals employed in non-school based Central Services offices.  Should additional budget reductions be necessary, such information should be carefully considered so as to minimize the projected impact of budget cuts inside the classroom.

1  Average salaries include only those employees linked to 900 level budget codes.

2 Average Annualized Salaries calculated by WCPSS. Provided September 2009
Figures are from Wake County Public Schools Full-time Employee Listing, July 2009. File provided Wake County Public Schools, September 2009

This article was posted in Budget & Taxes, Education by Bob Luebke on April 30, 2010 at 9:49 AM.

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