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LPSB restores funding for school safety officers in budget

Posted: 10:15 PM, Jun 13, 2018
Updated: 2018-06-13 23:15:45-04

The Lafayette Parish School Board has restored funding for school safety officers in its 2018-19 budget.

The board added those funds as well as funding for five-and-a-half librarian positions to the budget before approving that budget.

"They help out the principals, they just kind of stabilize everything in the schools, so not having them in our high schools, it makes it really hard for the principals and everybody else on campus," said Lafayette Parish School Board member Mary Morrison. 

Last month, the board voted to cut the number of safety officers from eight to six parish-wide. As for librarians, five and a half positions were cut, leaving one per high school.

Principals can choose to keep some safety officers or librarians by reducing the number of teachers in their school.