As the Lafayette Parish School Board possibly nears the end of cutting expenses, educators begin to assess what's left. The LPSB is trying to shave-down a $23.5 million budget shortfall for the upcoming school year.
The Principal of Carencro High has attended just about every budget meeting. He knows the first day of school is around the corner. "Without the tools to do that. I really don't know how we're going to do it," says Carencro High Principal Ken Roebuck.
Roebuck says he hopes the board and superintendent can reach a compromise to ensure students receive the quality education he knows they deserve. "At the same time we want to make sure we support our teachers and give the teachers the resources they need," adds Roebuck.
The LPSB has recommended cutting a number of positions, including several at Carencro High.
Roebucks notes that if jobs go unfilled at his school, the task moves to the teachers in the classroom. "So yes, the school board members are championing the teachers and they're keeping money for them; but their increasing their workload by twenty-five to thirty percent."
Roebuck highlights the fact state and federal mandates aren't going away. "Rather than taking money away from teachers, materials and instructions and things that teachers need to do to educate our children; rather than taking that away from them. Let's keep that. Keep the positions and let’s go into a reserve fund that's just sitting there."
The LPSB Special Meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, July 15 @ 4pm.
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