Wayne County Public Schools is preparing its new budget.
During a special meeting on Tuesday, the Wayne County Board of Education took its first look at the new $192.6 million financial plan for the 2021-2022 school year.
Interim Superintendent Dr. David Lewis talked about the priorities for this year’s budget, which include reducing and eliminating the district’s debt.
WCPS started the school year with $5 million in debt and has since paid off about $1.3 million.
Lewis says WCPS plans to ask for up to an additional $1.7 million in local funding this year to cover things like increases in fixed costs, utilities and insurance premiums.
Dr. Lewis went through the anticipated enrollment trends that will impact the financial plan.
The district often comes in under NCDPI’s enrollment projections, so Dr. Lewis says they’re budgeting conservatively.
The Wayne County School Board needs to approve its new budget and forward it along to the County of Wayne by May 15th.
Residents with thoughts on WCPS’s proposed 2021-2022 budget are urged to submit comments through WCPS’s website as no formal public hearing is being planned for the new budget.