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State may take over school budgeting in St. Helena Parish

4 years ago September 28, 2010 Sep 28, 2010 Tuesday, September 28 2010 Tuesday, September 28, 2010 5:11:41 PM EDT in News
Source: WBRZ

The State Department of Education may take away the St. Helena School Board's say in how its money is spent on schools.  That comes after parish officials testified they may go bankrupt before the end of 2012 in federal court Monday.

A fiscal administrator may be appointed, according to Beth Cnoscioneaux with the State Department of Education.

"They would take over some of the financial decisions on behalf of the school board, but beyond that, we don't really have any particular procedures," said Cnoscioneaux.

Cnoscioneaux said that's because no school district in the state has ever gone broke.  She said the state would appoint a fiscal administrator before the system uses all its money.

Right now, St. Helena Parish has submitted its budget for the schools for the state to review.  A judge in the case could impose a tax on the parish to raise money for the schools.

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