WCPS Starts Examining New Budget Priorities

WCPS Starts Examining New Budget Priorities

(GDN) — Wayne County Public Schools begins looking at budget priorities for the next school year. 

On Wednesday, the Wayne County Board of Education discussed the forthcoming budget during a special meeting. 

WCPS Superintendent Dr. David Lewis started the meeting by noting the district’s financial health has improved after it eliminated the $5 million in debt owed between the state and school nutrition.

However, Dr. Lewis says the district now needs to work on strengthening its Fund Balance.

School Board Chair Chris West says he wants to look at the salary scale for operations, maintenance and data managers to help keep them from leaving the district.

School Board member Jennifer Strickland says the district needs to do better for its students that plan to go to college, so she proposed ACT Boot Camps at all WCPS high schools.

School Board member Craig Foucht is hoping for more focus on CTE (Career-Technical Education) programming to help address the needs of business and industry in Wayne County.

Discussion also centered on providing students with the electronic devices necessary for remote learning.

The Board of Education will likely see the superintendent’s proposed budget for the 2022-2023 school year by the end of March. 

The school board must submit its new budget to the Wayne County Board of Commissioners by May 15th.

WCPS Superintendent Dr. David Lewis (center) discusses the district’s financial situation at Wednesday’s Board of Education meeting.