CLINTON, La. (AP) — The East Feliciana School Board's Finance Committee has voted to support laying off enough school employees to offset a looming deficit resulting from a drop in enrollment.

The recommendation to begin the layoffs effective Oct. 31 goes to the full board for consideration at a special meeting Tuesday.

The school system adopted its budget for this fiscal year on state Minimum Foundation Program appropriations that were based on the Feb. 1 enrollment of 1,956 students. However, the Oct. 1 enrollment was 1,860 students. Superintendent Henderson Lewis Jr. said Wednesday he expects the state to reduce the amount it sends to the parish at some point next year.

The Advocate reports the loss of students works out to more than a $600,000 loss in state aid.