Guilford County, NC -- The Guilford County Board of Education is asking Guilford County Commissioners for more money to help fill its budget gap.
On Tuesday, the Guilford County Board of Education approved a $189.2 million budget request and submitted it to the Guilford County Manager. The county helps make up 30% of the school district's budget. It's seeking in addition to what it normally gets $13.6 million in operating funds to help pay for school operations, salary increases for staff, and lowering class size. But the school district is also requesting an additional $10 million to make upgrades to school buildings and help with maintenance.
While district costs continue to add up, the overall rate from county commissioners has relatively stayed the same over the last several years. Since 2008, the school district has also lost more than $43 million from the state.
Maurice "Mo" Green, Guilford County Schools Superintendent says it's time for a change.
"After five years of cutting resources, and after five years of doing more with less, I believe it is time to seek adequate funding to support our students," said Green.
The Board of Education approved Green's operating budget of $629,085,238 in March. It includes $13.2 million in reductions and redirections according to a news release from Guilford County Schools. Reductions will have an impact on schools, classrooms, class sizes, summer school, after-school tutoring, other academic-intervention programs, and eliminating some school-based literacy facilitator positions.
The district's total proposed budget for the 2013-2014 school year is $705,827,043. That includes money for capital outlay, special revenue, and enterprise funds. The district believes it will receive nearly $43.5 million in federal money. It could also receive $389,286,993 from the state but it won't know for sure until the state budget passes.
A public hearing on the amount of money requested from the Guilford County Board of Commissioners will be held at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 6 at its meeting.
Commissioners have a July 1 deadline to vote and approve the school board budget.
WFMY News 2/Guilford County Schools