Balancing LPSS budget could mean eliminating positions

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LAFAYETTE, La. (KLFY) – Balancing the budget could mean the elimination of dozens of positions for the Lafayette Parish School System.

District leaders presented two plans during Thursday’s budget hearing to offset a $10.4-million deficit.

Superintendent Dr. Donald Aguillard tells News 10 the preferred plan would mean the loss of 29 positions and the use of reserve funds while the other would eliminate 160 positions without the funds.

Aguillard says the positions affected would include assistant principals, teachers, special ed, para-educators, curriculum coordinators, social workers, librarians, nurses, physical ed and 40 custodians, among others.

A possible salary freeze would save $2 million.

Under the second scenario, the district would keep more positions, but would make cuts in other areas.

Some positions, including custodians, librarians, nurses and para-educators, would remain in place.

Aguillard says some of the cuts may be covered by attrition, including resignations and retirements.

Employees whose positions are cut could also apply for other available positions within the system.

The budget hearings will continue throughout May.

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