East Baton Rouge school board to tackle budget
BATON ROUGE - The East Baton Rouge Parish School Board is scheduled Thursday to approve its annual operating budget, but board members remain divided on some of Superintendent Bernard Taylor's proposed spending and cutting plans.
The School Board is debating a proposed $426.6 million budget that includes $6.2 million worth of cuts.
That budget, however, doesn't reflect the state education funding formula the Legislature approved as it finished its session on June 6.
That brings an estimated $69 million in extra funding to public schools statewide, about half of which is earmarked for a pay raise for teachers and other certified school employees.
East Baton Rouge Parish school officials estimate about $2.7 million of its added funding will be unrestricted.