CHAPEL HILL – Chapel Hill-Carrboro school leaders are still waiting on a final state budget before signing off on next year’s spending plan. The school board meets Monday night in a special session to discuss the district’s budget plans in light of proposed state funding cuts.
Last month county commissioners agreed to increase school funding and raise the Chapel Hill-Carrboro district tax to generate more revenue for the school system.
But both the house and state budget proposals call for cuts to funding for teachers assistants, leaving school administrators struggling to trim the local budget to fill in the gaps.
The school board will consider new proposals to delay technology upgrades, hold off on adding a new class for children with special needs, and forgo a one-time bonus to staff members.
However, not all of the proposals are spending cuts. The board will consider allocating additional funding to the dual language program and the Blue Ribbon Mentor Advocate Program, as well as possibly charging a fee for drivers education.
While the school board plans to adopt a final budget on July 18, that could be delayed if legislators are still haggling over the state budget later this month.
The school board meets at 7:00 p.m. Monday at the Lincoln Center on South Merritt Mill Road.