County Manager David Cooke isn't recommending giving the school system the full amount it has requested.
Cooke proposed today that county commissioners give around $313 million in school funding. The school board is asking for $316.8 million.
You can see this as a cut, or as Cooke views it, a gain for the schools. If you factor in the $5.7 million that the school board returned to the county late last year, Cooke is proposing an increase over the $310.5 million baseline budget number.
School officials have been focusing on how their request is only slightly over the $316.2 million that commissioners agreed to provide last year.