Lafayette Parish School Board rethinking own plans after states budget crisis

The state’s budget crisis has some re-thinking their own budget plans, and that includes the Lafayette Parish School Board.

They could be taking another look at the tax proposal it agreed to put before voters in April.

The Lafayette Parish School Board has called a special meeting Tuesday.

The state says the deadline has arrived for the board to decide what they want to do in April, Keep the tax on the ballot or take it off.

On Monday, the superintendent Dr. Donald Aguillard attended a meeting at the Daly Advertiser to discuss the proposed tax proposition.

Dr. Aguillard says the board’s decision comes just as the state budget is weighing heavy on everyone’s mind.

“I think what we’re seeing is the economy is really in everybody’s mind right now including the board members. This is an opportunity for board members to say yes or no.”

The question is will the state’s budget shortfall supersede the parish’s need to improve schools.

The superintendent believes the choice is not about one or the other but rather the resiliency of Lafayette as a whole.

“There is a considerable about of uncertainty. What we’re not hearing at this point is large scale opposition to the idea that we should not be providing funds for facilities and program needs.”

School board member Jeremy Hidalgo will be at Tuesday’s meeting. He says the state’s financial status is a circumstance that must be considered.

“It doesn’t change the need. So this conversation will come up in the future in fact if it is put off. We have to have a discussion.”

Hidalgo believes the state of the state doesn’t negate the reality of what the school district needs.

“Let’s not ignore the deplorable facilities across the parish. We have a lot of needs we just have to prioritize what’s important and we have to tackle them. Unfortunately we can’t do that without additional funds. So the need is there it didn’t not change and it’s not going to change.”

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