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Ascension schools face shortfall

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Posted: Feb 26, 2010 6:35 AM by Andrea Fontenot
Source: Associated Press

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Topics: Ascension Parish, schools, money, shortfall, budget, cuts, layoffs, Superintendent Donald Songy, education

Superintendent Donald Songy says the Ascension Parish school system is working to plug a $6 million
deficit for the 2010-2011 school year, and they're working to do that without layoffs.

Songy says it could mean larger class sizes through attrition.

The shortfall in the projected budget, estimated at $200 million, was partly caused by state funding cuts to mandated programs and the freeze in Minimum Foundation Program funding.

Normally, Songy says the state would add an annual 2.75 percent increase to help cover the rise in costs of health care and retirement benefits.

The increase has not been funded for the past two years.

Songy says the system has trimmed $2 million in the technology budget and delaying planned maintenance projects.

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