Wake County Board of Education approves budget increase request for county commission

Wake County Board of Education approves budget increase request for county commission

— The Wake County Board of Education has approved a budget proposal for the Wake County Board fo Commissioners to consider that includes a $28.2 million increase next year largely for supporting students’ emotional health, including hiring more school psychologists. Superintendent Cathy Q. Moore recommended a budget increase from Wake County commissioners, what would amount to a 5.5% county funding increase, mostly to address students’ emotional health. The request is for $544.2 million from the county. On Monday, county leaders recommended $539.2 million for the school district, a more than $23 million increase from last year, although still below the district’s funding increase request. In recent years, the school district’s budget increase requests haven’t been approved or favored as much as the proposal for next year. Wake County’s contribution to the school district’s budget is about 28% of the district’s proposed budget. The county's current contribution to the school district’s budget — representing more than a third of the county’s nearly $1.5 billion budget — goes to the school district. On Tuesday, district Chief Business Officer David Neter said the …
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