Budgets, bell schedules and the voluntary desegregation resolution will be among the topics on Tuesday's Wake County school board agenda.
During the committee of the whole meeting that starts at 1 p.m., the board will discuss the bell schedules for this fall. They'll focus on whether to adopt schedules that would start most elementary schools at 9:30 a.m. this fall or pursue other options that would start them at 9:15 a.m.
One option presented by staff to come up with $748,000 to hire enough bus drivers to start at 9:15 a.m .is to withhold some local teacher pay raises and to use salaries from vacant positions.
The other option for a 9:15 a.m. start is to push up the opening of most high schools and middle schools and a few elementary schools by 15 minutes. This change could start most high schools at 7:10 a.m. and most middle schools at 7:15 a.m.
Also during COW, staff will discuss contingency plans for possible further state funding reductions. The meeting will start after Gov. Bev Perdue presents her state budget proposal for the coming fiscal year.
Wake school leaders are seeing if Perdue will recommend more than the 3 percent reduction they've planned for this fall. If it's as much as a 5 percent reduction, some Wake teachers may be laid off.
During the regular board meeting that begins at 3 p.m., the board is scheduled to vote on the 2010-11 budget request and bell schedules for this fall.
As part of the budget, staff will ask for board authorization Tuesday to lay off more than 70 current employees. The list of employees will be presented to the board Tuesday.
The board is also scheduled to give a second and final vote on a resolution expressing its commitment to voluntary desegregation of schools. The resolution is needed for Wake to apply for a federal magnet schools grant.
The April 6 vote on the resolution was 5-4 with members of the new majority saying it showed they support keeping schools diverse. But minority members complained the sresolution goes against the majority's plan to end the use of busing for diversity.
Ticket vouchers will still be issued beginning 10:30 a.m. Tuesday. The COW meeting is still in the board conference room despite this week's request from the Great Schools in Wake Coalition to move the location.