As you know by now, Wake school leaders gave final approval Tuesday to a$319.2 million budget to run schools for the 2008-09 school year.
Board members have spent weeks debating on which programs and services to cut after commissioners said they were only allotting $319.2 million, still an $18.5 million increase over this past fiscal year.
During those discussions, one of the items board members debating keeping $200,000 to stream school board meetings. Several board members favored this idea, however with all the cuts that needed to be made having that capability was chopped off the list.
During Tuesday's meeting school board members Lori Millberg and Patti Head reiterated the importance of being able to stream school board meetings. Board members have pointed to such technology being used during the county commissioners' meetings.
Some board members hinted that streaming could be made possible with money the district is supposed to recoup from fines paid by former House speaker Jim Black, since he was convicted in Wake County.
But school board member Ron Margiotta said with all the cuts that had to be made, any money recieved should go towards other items that had be cut. He mentioned adding more funds back to hire more teachers.
But both Millberg and Head countered that the ability to have the public listen to the discussions that take place during meetings is valuable.
"This is really in keeping with our efforts of keeping the public informed," said Head. "Hope that this could be a priority."