With a new state budget in place, Wake County schools officials said the system will have to absorb a total budget cut of about $40 million during the 2011-2012 school year.
New reductions announced Tuesday – based on a fresh analysis of the state document – will amount to $20 million of that amount. While some cuts will be offset by new state funding, the changes will mean everything from 70 lost custodial positions, to further cuts in teacher assistants’ pay, to a new $45 fee for driver education classes, chief business officer David Neter told board members during a afternoon work session.
The state cuts amount to a 6 percent reduction in its year-to-year contribution to Wake schools funding, but the exact amount won’t be known until the county receives its per-pupil allotments from the state, Neter said. At Tuesday evening’s meeting of the full board, member Anne McLaurin criticized her colleagues for not asking for more local contribution to make up the lost state revenue.
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