EBR School Board faces $25 mil deficit

POSTED: Monday, October 11, 2010 - 3:43pm

UPDATED: Tuesday, October 12, 2010 - 11:37am

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.

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The Board needs to look at all the school buses that just sitting in folks driveways and parked out at various locations and parking lots just sitting, when they should be picking up kids. Looks like a surplus of buses and drivers to me.

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