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May 24, 2013 9:29 AM by AP

Caddo school board looking for budget solution

SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) - The Caddo Parish School Board will have to find another way to start correcting its $21 million budget shortfall.

Nearly three hours of debate ended with the board right where it began before Thursday's meeting, leaving the teachers in attendance exhausted but relieved.

As part of its proposed 2013-14 spending, the board planned the elimination of 212 positions, including 94 from special education, 107 teaching positions from elementary and high schools and 11 at Central Office. Officials said layoffs wouldn't be necessary, and the cuts would be achieved through attrition.

The plan also would have changed the scheduling of Caddo schools, reducing the amount of time granted to teachers for weekly lesson planning.

The Times reports (http://bit.ly/ZigiXF ) the board is scheduled to adopt the full $479 million budget in June.

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