The school board will try to sell its request for $316.9 million to cash-strapped county commissioners today.
The school system's budget request will dominate the discussion at today's joint meeting of both boards. While the school system gets most of its funding from the state, it wants to get as much as it can from the county to avoid deeper cuts.
Depending on how you look at it, the school system is either asking for a $700,000 increase from the county or a $6.4 million bump. That's because the school board agreed in December to give back $5.7 million to help the county deal with this year's fiscal shortfall.
The problem is that the county's fiscal situation isn't looking any better. County Manager David Cooke warned commissioners on Monday that the county is now facing a $20 million budget shortfall because of lower-than-projected tax revenues.
The joint meeting is scheduled to run from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. in the school board's conference room at 3600 Wake Forest Road in Raleigh. The meeting is open to the public. But the conference room is pretty small and there's no public comment section.