Wake County’s School Board has hired a new Principal for Panther Creek, Camille Hedrick, at a salary of $131,556.
The Board also hired three others:
- Fay Jones – $84,341 (Carpenter Elementary School)
- Elena Ashburn – $66,078 (East Garner Middle School)
- Kendra Culberson – $86,028 (Herbert Akins Elementary School)
That’s a combined dollar amount of over $368k.
Read more at Cary News.
The Wake School board has been complaining about their recent budget problems. Yet they’ve got an “Office of Equity Affairs” with a budget of $204,846 and is headed up by David Trice who’s getting paid $125k. Then there’s the “Strategic Plan” which has cost taxpayers to date over $58k. Small wonder there are budget issues in Wake County Schools — administrative bloat has been a factor for years now and shows no signs of stemming.
“non-teaching staff in American public schools has soared by 130 percent, vastly outpacing the growth in teachers” http://t.co/obHY9EPCXc
— LL1885 – A.P. Dillon (@LadyLiberty1885) August 14, 2014
Related Read: NC Educrat Bloat Continues With $121k Hire
Teacher Raise Debacle
Also remember, Wake’s School Board had been trying to raise teacher pay on their own and wanted to hike Wake taxes to do so until the Legislature came through with the pay raise plan. Then the Wake Board realized they were going to have to pony up some of the money — uh oh! Jog back to June of this year and cue the spin machine:
“The reality that either of the scenarios that we think we’ll end up with will result in cuts to our school system is just extremely disheartening to me,” school board member Susan Evans said.
Board members said state leaders should include more education funding so districts don’t have to make cuts.
“The picture that we’re looking at doesn’t look hopeful,” school board member Bill Fletcher said. “I’m hopeful that the state legislature will come through with a reasonable plan.” – Cary news
Flash ahead to the present and the teacher raise is now reality. Wake County School Board admits the county commissioners already gave them over $10 million in additional funds but yet, still a ‘shortfall’:
“There’s no doubt it’s going to cost us,” said Wake County School Board Vice Chairman Tom Benton. “Our local commissioners gave us $10.2 million in additional funding for the coming year. That was based on a 2.5-percent increase across the board for teachers. Now, it’s 7-percent, so there’s some money that will have to come out of that.”
The extra $10.2 million from the county was earmarked for services like new literacy, graduation programs and an enrollment spike of more than 4,000 students.
Wake County Commissioner Paul Coble believes Wake County Schools has more than enough money to cover the gap using the district’s so-called rainy day fund. – ABC 11
The Wake County Board of Education has been fiddling with their budget for years. In the past, cuts here and there helped keep things relatively balanced.
For those with short-term memory issues or are too focused on the narrative by the Left in this state surrounding education, especially that of the plight of teaching assistant positions, here is a flashback to 2011: Wake County School Board votes to decrease Teacher Assistant Pay. Money Quote:
During the public comment portion, Raleigh resident Vickie Adamson asked, “If the Wake County Public School System is going to force the lowest paid group to take a pay cut, should upper management, the highest paid group, not take a cut as well?”
Apparently not under that board or this current one.