EBR School Board faces $25 mil deficit
POSTED: Monday, October 11, 2010 - 2:43pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, October 12, 2010 - 10:37am
BATON ROUGE, La (WVLA) -- The East Baton Rouge Parish School Board will meet today to avoid a budget crisis. Plans for new schools have been approved, but the Board just learned, the money is not there. The problem is a direct result of the state's slumping economy. Over 10 years, $500 million worth of school construction projects were supposed to be funded by a sales tax. Just two years in, the numbers aren't adding up, and the Board estimates the tax will bring in at least $25 million less than expected.
On the chopping block, a new career education center, slated to accept students next fall; the reconstruction of Lee High School; a new Progress Elementary School and construction of a new middle school in the south-east part of the parish.
The Board has to make tough choices now, or end up out of money later.