Lafayette

Jun 19, 2014 11:00 PM by Tina Macias

Lafayette school board defers budget decisions again, new class sizes proposed

The Lafayette Parish School System is still no closer to closing its $23.5 million budget shortfall.

The board spent three and a half hours going through the budget but made no decisions. Instead, they went through the budget item-by-item to find more cuts, which they will vote on next week.

The board was expected to approve a resolution to allow them to continue operating without a budget and pay their bills when the new fiscal year begins July 1. That was also deferred until the next budget meeting on Thursday.

Some 300 positions -- counselors, teachers, social workers and school administrators among them -- are still on the chopping block. Staff has said those cuts would mean about 100 employees would lose their jobs and the rest would be absorbed by resignations, retirements and transfers.

School system staff came armed with new cost-cutting recommendations after the school board voted down proposals to dip into the rainy day fund and sales tax. A proposal to save $8.5 million would increase class sizes and eliminate teacher positions in A, B and C schools and decrease class sizes in F schools.

The student-teacher ratio would be:
A, B, C schools
K-3 26:1
4-5 28:1
6-12 33:1

D Schools
K-3 23:1
4 25:1
5-12 28:1

F Schools
15:1

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