At Tuesday’s meeting of the Wake County School Board members were told to expect an additional $20 million in budget cuts, on top of the original $20 million reduction that was already being planned.
The additional reduction was necessitated by Governor Perdue’s announcement that she had requested the Department of Public Instruction to provide a plan for an additional 3 percent reduction in state funding for next year.
While there are a lot of long faces at the Wake County Public Schools building, the challenging economy does provide the opportunity to do something good: comb through the budget and prioritize needs.
Over the past ten years, WCPS enrollment has increased 43 percent. Over the same time period the budget has almost doubled in size to $1.2 billion. If you think there aren’t savings in the current budget, you’re not looking hard enough.
Take some time and look over the current WCPSS budget. Yeah, I know it’s not great bedtime reading, but most of what you need to know is on pp. 118-126.
Budget savings? Next week we’ll talk about suggestions.