POSTED: Thursday, June 21, 2012 - 5:06pm
UPDATED: Thursday, June 21, 2012 - 5:22pm
East Feliciana Parish, La (NBC33) — The East Feliciana parish school district is in the middle of a financial emergency. With less than 5% of the organization's budget tucked away in the General Reserve fund the new superintendent elect is working to solve the problem and fast.
"The district is in a financial crisis," Dr. Henderson Lewis, superintendent elect, exclaimed.
Thanks to deficit spending over the last few years the East Feliciana Parish school board has been forced to declare a financial emergency. For those watching the school board's financial struggles the worry is that at the end of the day the students will be the ones that suffer.
" I believe we're in this situation now because of former board members, and now it's going to effect the kids more so than anyone else," Eric Brown, a concerned parish citizen, explained.
Newly elected superintendent Dr. Henderson Lewis said he's going to do everything in his power to make sure the kids aren't the ones hurt by looming cuts and reorganization plans. A plan which includes cutting clerical office jobs and freezing annual raises.
"We have to go ahead and look at what decisions must be made to put us in a better financial situation, but at the same time protect the integrity of the class room," Lewis said.
But there's hope for the school district yet, both from the superintendent and the community.
"I am confident over the next few years that the state of Louisiana will see a different East Feliciana school system," Lewis stated.
Dr. Lewis said his plan should save the school corporation $500,000 and hopefully rebuild the general reserve fund.