ST. FRANCISVILLE — The West Feliciana Parish School Board approved budgets Tuesday for the current school year that reflect both a decrease in revenue and cuts in spending.
The budget for the general fund, which covers most instructional expenses, anticipates revenues of $25 million and a corresponding $25 million in expenses.
Finance Director Helen “Ruthie” Davis said the budget was prepared with an anticipated decrease in revenues of $1.3 million and a $1.1 million net decrease in expenditures.
Because of a decrease in state funds and higher costs for employee retirements mandated by state retirement systems, the board voted earlier this year to close Tunica Elementary School near Angola and not fill eight employee vacancies caused by attrition.
Davis said the anticipated savings from not reopening the Tunica school will total about $93,000 for the year.
She said the only item added to the budget this year is an art teacher for gifted students, while employees’ years of experience were frozen at last year’s rate and the school calendar was reduced from 183 days to 182 days to save money.
The school system operated with a $476,000 deficit in the last school year.
In the revenue category, just over 52 percent of the budgeted amount will come from local property and sales taxes, while state funding will amount to 42 percent of the income.