Posted: Jun 15, 2012 10:27 AM by AP
OPELOUSAS, La. (AP) - The St. Landry Parish School Board has voted to halt all further employee layoffs.
After the board's 6-5 decision on Thursday, acting Superintendent Joseph Cassimere said the state Legislative Auditor's Office has been pleased with the school board's attempt to reduce a projected $3.9 million deficit except in the area of employee reductions.
"They would like to see more layoffs," Cassimere said.
On June 7, The Advocate reports the board voted 7-4 to cut 68 positions that affected primarily nurses, teachers of English as a second language and teacher's aides.
A number of school librarians also were included on the list, but those employees probably will more back into the classroom, Cassimere said.
The cuts are expected to save the district about $3.3 million, board members were told.
Board attorney Gerard Caswell advised the School Board against voting to dismiss one more worker at Thursday's meeting, since that employee, a central office payroll data processor, was not given a 10-day dismissal notice, according to board policy.
The board approved Cassimere's recommendation to put that worker's job category on a list to be laid off, but that was on June 7, Casssimere reminded the board Thursday.
Cassimere said another employee from another job category, also was recommended to be laid off Thursday, but that individual has resigned.
Ricky Julien, representing the St. Landry Coalition of Teachers, said during the meeting's public comment period that he feels the board's decisions concerning which employees are laid off has been ruled primarily by political favoritism.
"You are starting to trickle back into that good old boy system," Julien said.
Julien said some workers with less experience that others were retained during the June 7 vote, while others who have worked more years have been laid off.