Caddo School Board Attempts To Agree On Cuts
SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) — Making changes is keeping Caddo School Board members at work as they struggle to approve next year's $493 million budget.
Although the board approved a plan last month that cut about 33 kindergarten and first-grade teachers as part of a new staffing formula, members are trying to reverse that decision.
To help the budget, officials recommended moving from a steadfast rule of 22 students per teacher at a school to a rounded number. That means schools like Cherokee Park Elementary and J.S. Clark Elementary will have some classrooms at the state limit of 26 students per teacher. The move will save the district just more than $2 million.
The Times reports Superintendent Gerald Dawkins said no staff would be laid off, and the cuts could be absorbed through attrition.