Posted: Jun 26, 2013 11:19 AM
LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - The public may not get a chance to view the Lafayette Parish school system's $654 million proposed unified budget until late July or early August. The Advocate reports school board members decided Tuesday that they weren't ready to issue the spending plan for inspection that was set to begin July 2. There are too many issues to work out, such as the proposed elimination of about 44 teachers and seven assistant principals, now included in the approved proposed general fund budget, some board members said. The cuts had been proposed due to overstaffing based on student enrollments. The board approved the $256 million general fund, which includes district salaries and instructional expenses, as well as other remaining funds, on June 18. The board set a new date to continue budget discussions for 5:30 p.m. July 18. The board had scheduled a public hearing, followed by a vote on final budget adoption on July 17, prior to its regularly scheduled 5:30 p.m. meeting that day. The one remaining fund awaiting approval was the capital improvement fund, which the board approved Tuesday in a 5-4 vote after it debated for nearly an hour over a $100,000 expense for portable building renovations to help teenage parents stay in school. With the vote, board members removed the proposed $100,000 expense from the $11.6 million capital improvement fund. Tuesday's meeting and vote ended an extended budgeting process that began in April with a dozen other proposed accounts approved in meetings in May and earlier this month. The separate accounts make up the district's $654 million budget for the 2013-14 school year.