District faced with teacher layoffs
ST. FRANCISVILLE- A number of West Feliciana Parish School System employees were told this week that they were being laid off.
At least 14 employees, mostly teachers, received layoff notices effective at the end of the school year.
Next year the district is facing a $1.5 million deficit. In a letter released last month they blamed rising teacher retirement and health care costs at the same time that state funding was shrinking.
Superintendent Hollis Milton said the district's finances have run into trouble the past few years, and has no choice but to get leaner.
"When you look at it, the cost of educating students is going up," said Milton. "Yet, we're still running into less revenue streams. When you start looking at those challenges, when you're a small district, it makes you make very difficult decision."
Almost 88 percent of the district's budget goes toward personnel. The district's main goal is to protect the students' education, while minimizing the financial impact on their employees.
Employees have until Friday to apply for retirement. The district will have a better idea of how many people they will lay off when those numbers are final.