Click here for the items that the school board slashed from the budget on Tuesday to make up for the loss of $11.2 million in county and state funding.
The biggest reduction is the $3.2 million in savings from student enrollment coming in lower than expected. A lot of it consists of money for positions that were never filled at schools because the kids didn't come.
(This amount doesn't include the $3 million that county commissioners withheld to see if enrollment would meet projections. Since the bodies fell short, that money was never turned over.)
One of the items that caught the board's eye on Tuesday is a net $1 million reduction in spending on classroom materials and instructional supplies for schools. Wake will cut $3 million in state funding while increasing local funding by $2 million to cushion the blow.
David Neter, chief business officer, said they'll work with schools to help them convert textbook money to make up for the $7.25 per student reduction in spending on materials and supplies.
In a couple of cases you'll see savings from carryover items. It basically means that in certain areas they had more unspent money than they had expected to carry over from the prior fiscal year.
Money is also being saved by not filling unfilled teaching positions in career and technical education and academically gifted services.
There's also a $1.8 million combined local and state savings from freezing out-of-state travel, reducing local current expense budgets for central services departments and increasing the hiring freeze for central service positions to 90 days.
Central services refers to anything not based at a school. While it includes administrators, it also covers people such as maintenance workers.
Local current expense budgets refer to the operating budgets for the different central services departments.
In terms of out-of-state travel, school field trips were exempted. In cases where employees already paid for out-of-state conferences, exceptions can be made. For instance, employees can still go if cancelling means they would get back no refund or a small percentage of the costs.