The Lafayette Parish School Board begins discussions on how to bridge a $16 million shortfall in its general fund at 5 p.m. Tuesday.
Some of the proposals include increasing class sizes by one student at all schools except those deemed a D or F school based on state accountability standards.
The student-teacher ratio change saves nearly $4.2 million and was approved by the board in a 6-3 vote last month. Board President Tommy Angelle, board Vice President Dawn Morris and Tehmi Chassion voted against the class size increase. Board members Elroy Broussard, Justin Centanni, Britt Latiolais, Erick Knezek, Mary Morrison and Jeremy Hidalgo voted in support of it.
The district’s staff has also proposed that the board use $4 million from its rainy-day fund to further shrink the shortfall.
Interim Superintendent Burnell LeJeune has presented the proposals to the board’s finance committee. Tuesday’s meeting is a time for the full board to consider the suggestions and give guidance to the district’s staff on how to proceed with the budget. Based on the proposed timeline, the budget could go before the board for final approval by June 17.
Incoming superintendent Donald Aguillard, who’s first day is May 18, has said he wants a voice in the budget process. Aguillard attended last week’s regular board meeting and gave his opinion on items considered by the board at members’ request.