Assumption school board grapples with job cuts
Jobs in the Assumption Parish School District are on the chopping block as the school board faces a $5.5 million short-fall, due to a failing economy and a low tax-base.
It's the second year the district has had a multi-million dollar deficit. Last year's was more than $4 million. A drop in sales tax revenue and property tax assessments are also partially to blame. The job cuts are projected to save the district more than $3 million.
In an area with little economic development, loosing 96 jobs has put the parish on edge. The majority of jobs that would be lost are teaching and teacher's aid positions.
Many at tonight's meeting said they expected to hear more options for saving dollars and teaching positions. The projected $3.3 million savings didn't do much to ease tension. Some alternatives to job cuts were suggested, including consolidating the schools with the lowest number of students and possibly creating furlough days for teachers.
The board will vote on proposals to make up for the budget short fall next week.