Budgets and student assignment headline a long list of items on today's Wake County school board agenda.
As noted in today's article, during the work session, staff will present recommended changes to the assignment plan based on the results of the first round of the choice selection process. The board has scheduled a vote on changes for the regular meeting.
Chief Transformation Officer Judy Peppler previously told the board they may recommend adjustments in four areas: whether seat set-asides should be allocated for some or all of the high-performing schools, the percentage of magnet vs. base students at some schools, options for students whose feeder doesn't include transportation and sibling priority in grades 1-5, 7-8 and 10-12.
Another area that will likely draw attention today will come at the regular meeting when Superintendent Tony Tata presents his 2012-13 fiscal year budget. One question will be how Tata copes with the loss of $28 million in one-time federal funds that saved 500 teaching jobs this school year.
Tata has said he doesn't want to lay off employees. But we'll see today if it can be accomplished within the existing budget or will require requesting more money from county commissioners and the state.
Here's some of the other topics today:
* A discussion of the bell schedule proposal during the work session. The board has until the end of the month to adopt them for the 2012-13 school year.
* A discussion during the work session and vote in the regular session on starting bonus programs for staff at Walnut Creek Elementary and Longview School.
* Discussion during the work session and vote in the regular meeting on the location for a ninth-grade center for Panther Creek High. It's likely the board will go with placing modulars on the M-16 site next to Alston Ridge Elementary after having backed off the lease for the office building in Morrisville.
* Presentation of the magnet school review timeline during the regular meeting.
* Vote on first reading of the math placement policy.
* Vote on first reading of going back to two actions meetings a month.
* Vote on second reading of restoring standing board committees.