Budget Update

Wake County Manager, David Ellis, presented his budget to county commissioners on May 6th. His proposal includes a $36.5 million increase in funding for WCPSS. While significant and most of what the school system is asking for, it falls short of the school board request by about $11 million. Our teachers and students need every dollar of the $48.3 million requested by the school system. Years of inadequate funding from state lawmakers have left school districts across NC, including Wake, with significant funding gaps. While state lawmakers continue to fund millions of dollars for the privatization of schools (for profit charters, private school vouchers), leaving public schools underfunded, our teachers and students continue to be asked to do more with less. Our county governments are burdened with supplementing funds that have historically been provided by the state. We will push commissioners to fully fund the school system request; to find $11 million more local dollars to meet school system needs.

WCPSS Superintendent, Cathy Moore, presented her first budget to the school board on April 2nd. The proposal includes a request of $48.9 million in additional funding from county commissioners. Nearly forty percent of the request is to cover unfunded mandates from the NC legislature. The school system website has an excellent page dedicated to the budget. Here, you can quickly review the highlights of the request, read Superintendent Moore’s letter on the budget and find a link to the full budget document. School board members will review the budget and present their request to county commissioners in May.

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FY 2020 Budget Timeline:

  • April 2nd, 2019- Superintendent Cathy Moore presented her 2019-20 operating budget to the school board at their regular meeting.
  • April 23rd, 2019- School board held a public hearing on the proposed budget.
  • April 24th, 2019- Joint meeting between school board & county commissioners
  • May 6th, 2019- County manager presented proposed budget to Commissioners
  • May 7th, 2019- School board adopted a 2019-20 budget and sent to county commissioners.
  • May 20th, 2019- Public hearings on county budget, including school appropriation:
    • 2:00pm Wake Justice Center Board Room 2700, 301 S. McDowell St., Raleigh
    • 7:00pm Wake Government Commons Building, 4011 Carya Dr., Raleigh
  • June 3rd, 2019- Commissioners vote on the county budget, including WCPSS funding

 The State Budget & WCPSS:

State funds greatly impact local school districts. The NC General Assembly has been pushing more and more funding burdens down to the county level since 2013. This is a big reason why WCPSS has made such large requests of County Commissioners in recent years. NC lawmakers’ 2017-19 Biennial Budget impact on school funding can be found here.

What’s the Budget Cycle?

  • The Superintendent shall prepare an annual budget and submit it with a budget message to the Board of Education (BOE) no later than April 15.
  • The BOE shall hold at least one public hearing on the proposed budget prior to final action.
  • The BOE must submit the entire approved budget to the Board of Commissioners (BOC) not later than May 15 (or such later date as may be fixed by the BOC.) The BOC shall complete action on the school budget on or before July 1, or such later date as may be agreeable to the BOE.
  • If adoption of the budget is delayed until after July 1, the Board shall make interim appropriations for the purpose of paying salaries and the usual ordinary expenses of the school system for the interval between the beginning of the fiscal year and the adoption of the budget resolution.

 What You Can Do to Advocate for Funding

  1. Be informed! Review the various proposed budgets from both the Wake Commissioners and the School Board.
  2. Speak up at Board of Education meetings and public hearings 
  3. Attend a Board of Commissioners budget presentation, participate in a public hearing