Student assignment policy and budget issues are expected to dominate today's Wake County school board committee discussions.
At this morning's policy committee meeting, board members will discuss changes to the student assignment policy now that the community-based assignment resolution was passed. They'll also discuss creating a formal policy for the public comment period at board meetings.
A lot of attention will also be on budget cuts that will be discussed at this afternoon's finance committee meeting.
The finance committee will first discuss the 2010-11 school bell schedules. In particular, committee members will look at alternate options for coming up with $748,000 to pay for hiring 25 new bus drivers.
The new drivers would allow Wake to put schools back on their 2000-09 schedules where most elementary schools were in from 9:15 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. If the money isn't found, then most elementary schools will operate from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. this fall.
Next, staff will present plans for addressing the expected $20 million cut in state funding for this fall. Staff has warned that schools will have to bear some of this 3-percent state cut.
Will the new cuts lead to layoffs, larger class sizes or some other unpleasant options for this fall?
As usual, both committee meetings are open to the public. You just won't be able to speak during the meetings.