More budget cuts looming for EBR school system

Article By: Charles Lussier | May 12, 2014 | Originally Posted on theadvocate.com

The East Baton Rouge Parish school system is in the middle of yet another round of budget-cutting, and this time the principals are making many of the calls on what to cut.

The school system’s latest projection, released earlier this month, is that it will spend nearly $29 million more than it takes in during the 2014-15 fiscal year unless it makes cuts.

The revenue shortfall of nearly $29 million includes $6.4 million carried over from the current fiscal year, which ends June 30. The net amount expenses are expected to exceed revenues for the 2014-15 school year is $22.4 million, much of that attributable to added costs from new and expanding charter schools.

To make up the difference, Superintendent Bernard Taylor is having principals cut their own budgets by 4 to 8 percent but sparing classroom teachers. Schools where 90 percent or more of students qualify for free or reduced-price lunches would have to cut 4 percent.

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