State budget cuts $5.5 million from Wake Co. Schools - WFLA News Channel 8

State budget cuts $5.5 million from Wake Co. Schools

Posted: Updated:
RALEIGH, N.C. -

While Wake County's school district is seeing a growth in student population, the state budget that now awaits Gov. Pat McCrory's signature cuts $5.5 million from Wake County Public School System's operating budget.

The cut comes as the amount of money the district spends on each child continues to decline.

In 2009, Wake County spent $8,209 in operating cost per student. That cost includes things like books, teacher pay, supplies, transportation, computers and technology, and furniture.

In 2010, that number dropped to $7,727 per student.

When compared to other districts of similar size nationwide, in 2010 Wake County spent the least on students.

"Whoever is in charge of dispersing the Wake County money needs to be fired," exclaimed one parent who preferred not to be named. "Our teachers are our future, our children are our future. If we do not invest in them, what future do we have?"

Since 2008, Wake County teachers have seen one pay increase of 1.2 percent.

"We haven't had a raise in a while," said Erin Sanchez, a Wake County employee and parent. "I've been with Wake County for almost eight years now, and I think we received one raise the whole time I've been here.

"It's not right, but I love the kids, and education is very important so that's the only reason I stay."

Sanchez said the loss of money means fewer course offerings because the school system is unable to hire teachers, or purchase textbooks and computers.

"I guess they're trying to save money, but this affects the kids," Sanchez said. "We're talking about textbooks, we're talking about money that's budgeted for teachers to buy things for the classrooms. So now they're going to have to buy the stuff out of their pockets and they're already not making much as it is."

Wake County Public Schools said once the state issues its allotments, the school system will begin to prioritize and avoid cuts as best as possible.

"Our ultimate goal is to continue to provide a quality education for our students," said Stella Shelton, Wake County Public Schools chief communications officer.

RELATED STORIES

RELATED LINKS

Charlotte Huffman

An award-winning journalist with an investigative edge, Charlotte has driven legislative change with reports on workplace safety concerns and contaminated groundwater. Contact our Investigative Team anytime HERE. More>>

  • Wake CountyMore>>

  • More than $100k in penalties issued in NC State Fair accident

    More than $100k in penalties issued in NC State Fair accident

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 4:20 PM EDT2014-04-23 20:20:30 GMT
    Five people were injured on the Vortex when the ride jolted into motion at the 2013 N.C. State Fair.Five people were injured on the Vortex when the ride jolted into motion at the 2013 N.C. State Fair.
    The Department of Labor issued more than $100k in penalties in connection with an accident at the State Fair in 2013 that injured five people.
    The Department of Labor issued more than $100k in penalties in connection with an accident at the State Fair in 2013 that injured five people.
  • Raleigh police release photos of robbers of sweepstakes parlor

    Raleigh police release photos of robbers of sweepstakes parlor

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 4:08 PM EDT2014-04-23 20:08:46 GMT
    Raleigh police released images of two suspects said to have shot a man at an Internet sweepstakes parlor in Raleigh Wednesday on Crabtree Boulevard.

    Raleigh police released images of two suspects said to have shot a man at an Internet sweepstakes parlor in Raleigh Wednesday on Crabtree Boulevard.
  • 9th suspect arrested in Wake Forest kidnapping

    9th suspect arrested in Wake Forest kidnapping

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 1:01 PM EDT2014-04-23 17:01:55 GMT
    Frank Janssen was kidnapped from his Wake Forest home on April 5.Frank Janssen was kidnapped from his Wake Forest home on April 5.
    The ninth suspect named in an indictment handed up Tuesday has been arrested in connection with the kidnapping of a Wake Forest man.   
    The ninth suspect named in an indictment handed up Tuesday has been arrested in connection with the kidnapping of a Wake Forest man.   
Powered by WorldNow

200 South Parker Street, Tampa, FL 33606

Telephone: 813.228.8888
Fax: 813.225.2770
Email: news@wfla.com

Can’t find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Media General Communications Holdings, LLC. A Media General Company.