EBR School Board unanimously approves budget to cut hundreds of jobs
BATON ROUGE - The East Baton Rouge Parish School Board approved a general operating budget for the next fiscal year that will cut hundreds of jobs.
The approval to drastically cut spending came Thursday night. The $454.8 million budget for the 2019-2020 fiscal year cuts 3.3 percent in spending.
Along with eliminating almost 300 positions, the new budget also calls for less spending on textbooks and transportation. On August 9, a new school year will start with less personnel, including four fewer librarians, 65 fewer teachers, four fewer principals and 17 fewer assistant principals.
The eliminated positions were either vacant or held by interim employees, according to school officials.
School board spokesperson Taylor Halsey tells WBRZ there won't be any impact on classroom sizes. She also says in some cases, staff will be moved to a "new position without someone to fill the old position."
Halsey says Superintendent Warren Drake is on board with the budget, and even though they don't like making cuts, EBR has faced a huge deficit in the past and now they're finally back to a balanced budget.
The new plan happened about a month late, as the fiscal year started July 1.
Thursday's vote was unanimous. One board member was absent.
Desktop NewsClick to open Continuous News in a sidebar that updates in real-time.
World's first fully-automated, smallest and fastest drive-thru kitchen produced in Baton Rouge
See BREC's plans for fairgrounds that prompted State Fair move
Teachers union leaders meet at capital; demand more pay and resources
Outgunned with fire power, law enforcement dealing with dangerous criminals on the...
Deputies learned of molestation allegations while on disturbance call at Tiki Tubing...
VIDEO: Devery Henderson Talk about Bluegrass Miracle and the Saints "Rebirth game"
VIDEO: Former Tigers and Saints receiver Devery Henderson talks with Corey Rholdon...
Saints release 2022 schedule, will open season on the road at Atlanta
St. Amant baseball heading to first state semifinals since 2014
Southern slugs out sweep against UAPB