The Wake County school budget proposal presented today by staff is a bleak one.
The $1.2 billion operating budget for the 2010-11 fiscal year includes a $20 million cut in the Central Services spending. That means 83 current full-time employees will be laid off and 23.5 vacant full-time positions will be eliminated.
Staff is asking for $313.5 million from county commissioners, the same as last year. Whether commissioners can afford to leave the funding amount along given the county's revenue shortfall is uncertain.
Chief Business Officer David Neter warned that the economy isn't improving so they should expect more budget cuts for the 2011-12 fiscal year as well.
The board has rescheduled the March 16 regular board meeting to March 23. It will begin at 11 a.m. with a work session on the budget.
School meal prices are slated to go up for the first time in many years. Breakfast is going up 20 cents in elementary school and 25 cents in middle and high schools. Lunch is going up 25 cents across the board.