N.C. county board favor bold budget proposal

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Wake County school board members were effusive in their praise Tuesday of Superintendent Jim Merrill’s budget proposal, which calls for a $39 million increase in funding from the county commissioners.

As noted in today’s article, Merrill wants that increase as the first step toward his goals of by 2020 raising Wake County to the top of the state in local per-pupil funding and putting Wake at the national average in teacher pay. Board members who will now review the budget praised it as “bold” while insisting that the increase really isn’t all that big.

Board members liked how Merrill is requesting $29.1 million in new local funding to raise employee pay by 3.5 percent.

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