As far as I know, most school districts in North Carolina are not "independent" ones; instead, they get direct funding from county governments along with other sources of revenue. NC school districts however may retain their authorities in education decision-making independent of county governments.
North Carolina NBC affiliate WNCN-TV
(6/17, Hall) reports that Wake County and the county's public school systems are considering a new partnership, in which the county would take responsibility for the building and maintenance of school facilities, "if the schools receive more funding to focus on student achievement."
Without further financial details, the report is confusing to me in many ways. I wonder how exactly it will change the local funding mechanism and what are the incentives for both county and school districts to participate.