Here's a quick recap of today's budget discussion at the joint meeting of the Wake County school board and county commissioners.
David Neter, the school district's chief business officer, gave an overview of the budget that was adopted Tuesday by the school board. the budget includes a $313.5 million funding request to commissioners - the same amount as last year.
During today’s meeting, school board finance committee chairman Keith Sutton asked commissioners to increase funding to the school system.
Tony Gurley, chairman of the board of commissioners, said they’ll see what they can do help the school system. But the request comes at a time when the county is facing a $12 million to $22 million revenue shortfall for next year.
Tensions briefly increased during the meeting when Commissioner Betty Lou Ward questioned how the school board decision’s to abandon building a high school on Forestville Road in northeast Raleigh in favor of an alternative in Rolesville could affect the budget.
School administrators have warned that switching sites could lead to $15.4 million in additional costs, not including the money previously spent on Forest Ridge.
Gurley said Ward was deviating from the meeting agenda.
School board chairman Ron Margiotta said Ward was mixing the school district’s operating budget with the bond money that will be used for the new high school.