Lafayette

Apr 23, 2013 9:03 PM by Tina Macias

School system faced with budget cuts

The Lafayette Parish School Board will be faced with making between $10 million and $12 million in cuts from its $400 million budget, the board learned today during its first budget workshop of the year.

That shortfall is due to a combination of a decrease in state funding and an increase in retirement and group benefit costs, CFO Billy Guidry said.

"This is the third year we're doing this kind of stuff, so it's going to be even more difficult," Guidry said.

Those cuts mostly will come from the board's general fund, which funds school operations among other things. Central office staff will begin looking at possible cuts next week, Guidry said, and the proposals will be presented to the board on May 14. The new fiscal year begins July 1.

Guidry proposed at least $2 million to cover that shortfall should come from construction funds, which the board looked at today.

Among other things, the funds include $353,000 for a new key system at all schools. That would pay for new lock cores and patented keys that could only be generated by LPSS locksmiths.

Also proposed is $450,000 to complete the systemwide wireless Internet network and $600,000 to upgrade or replace computers needed to implement computerized testing in the 2014-15 school year.

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