Wake County, NC – With thousands of acres of parks and hundreds of miles of greenways, Wake County is one of the leading parks communities in the country. Now, Wake County Commissioner Sig Hutchinson will be the chair of a new national committee, looking at preserving and creating parks, trails and open space around the United States. Read more
Wake County, NC – Readers are familiar with the various parks in Cary and Morrisville but there are popular, large parks administered by Wake County as well. Starting in 2019, it will be easier to have fun at these parks as fees for many events are ending. Read more
Cary, NC – Education, transportation and how it all gets funded were the main topics at a candidate forum for Wake County Board of Commissioners candidates ahead of the 2018 election. Read more
Cary, NC – In response to the mass shooting at a Florida high school in February, a group of Cary parents has begun pushing for new locking mechanisms to be added to Wake County schools with support steadily growing. Read more
Cary, NC – With the news that a patient who had contracted measles was in Cary, the Wake County Human Services Division of Public Health is trying to contact people who may have been exposed to the disease. Read more
Morrisville, NC – When Morrisville Town Council member Vicki Scroggins-Johnson won her primary earlier this year, she believed the Wake County district she was running for would still exist come November. But now a recent federal court ruling has put this race in limbo. Read more
Wake County, NC – Thoughts for July 2016 from Bill Fletcher, Member of the Wake County Board of Education.
Is Graduating 95% of our Students Each Year Possible? That is our Vision 2020 Goal!
Yes it is! This year Wake graduated 10,322 students – the highest number ever. Several schools already exceeded the 95% rate last year and we expect that to be the case again when the figures are released for 2015-2016. Which high schools do you think will reach that high mark this year?
Budget Challenges from the State.
For the first time in a long time, the NC General Assembly has adopted a state budget at the beginning of the fiscal year. The press release claims an average 4.7% salary increase for teachers, an increase that is well deserved. But there are more provisions of the budget yet to be understood. Did they really freeze salary increases after 15 years of service? Really?
One legislator claims to have passed a budget with average annual teacher pay above $50,000. Really? The only way average teacher salaries surpass $50,000 is because counties raise property taxes to provide local salary supplements. Rather than properly funding the teacher salaries from state taxes, legislators continue to rely on counties to make up for their shortcomings. Thanks for increasing teacher pay, but don’t take credit for something you didn’t do!
County Commission Adopts Budget well short of Schools’ Needs.
The adopted Wake county budget is $11M short of the School Board’s request. Given the largess of the NCGA, there will likely be a much larger gap between funding and state-mandated expenditures. School System staff is digging into the budget line by line and will present a full picture of impact in mid-July.
November School Board Election put in Limbo by Fourth Circuit Decision.
A little history: Following the 2010 census, the (Republican majority) school board redrew election districts. The new districts created no controversy. In the regularly scheduled staggered term non- partisan elections in 2011 and 2013, Republicans lost. So in 2013 two Wake legislators redrew the election districts and changed the term length and election dates for members of the Wake School Board. The changes were to have been implemented in November 2016 with all nine seats being elected during the presidential election cycle. On Friday, July 1, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals overturned the school board districts as unconstitutional. No one is quite sure what happens next as the Court sent the case back to the federal trial judge for resolution.
Politics Bottles up Infrastructure Bill after Unanimous House Vote.
Rep Paul Stam helped draft SB 778, a bill that clarifies who pays for certain off-site improvements of school construction projects. Towns were adding stipulations to site plans requiring developers to improve roads or intersections far beyond the impact of the school. NC DOT was refusing to pick up their share of necessary improvements and expecting the schools to improve state roads beyond reason. After a favorable vote in the Senate and unanimous concurrence in the House, the bill was sent back to the Senate Transportation committee where it died.
Factoid #24: About three dozen Wake schools open July 11 serving more than 28,000 students.
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Story by Bill Fletcher, Member Wake County Board of Education. Photos of Kingswood Elementary by Hal Goodtree.
Cary, NC – It is the one item Wake County commissioners have said is their top priority and now, the county has passed a resolution to create a transit plan. Read more
Cary, NC – As Wake County works on its proposed financial models for the coming years, officials from the Town of Cary have brought up issues with the way certain tax revenue is allocated to the cities and towns in Wake and Cary in particular. Read more
Cary, NC – At most sporting events, parents and grandparents cheer on their children. But the roles were reversed when members of Cary’s SearStone Retirement Community competed in the Wake County Senior Games. Read more