Posted: Oct 9, 2013 5:54 PM by Dwayne Fatherree, KATC TV-3
The Cecil J. Picard Center for Child Development and Lifelong Learning at UL has suffered layoffs as education budgets tighten across the state.
"Due to state budget cuts, the university has restructured the Picard Center while protecting its core work," says Ramesh Kolluru, interim vice president for research at UL.
In a statement to KATC, Kolluru says there were seven positions cut from the center's staff, including transient and administrative jobs.
The Picard Center operates programs to address learning from birth through adulthood and conducts research in all areas of education, health, and well-being for children. According to Aaron Martin, UL's director of communications, the layoffs will not affect any of the center's ongoing programs or services.
"The University continues to believe in and support the mission of the Picard Center," Kolluru says.