LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) — The Lafayette Parish School Board has rejected Superintendent Pat Cooper's latest budget proposal.

The Advertiser reports only two board members supported the new scenario, which used a combination of board-suggested cuts and staff recommendations to offset a $20.4 million shortfall in the budget for the fiscal year that started July 1.

In addition, the board would have used about $5.7 million of its economic stabilization fund. That would have resulted in a balanced budget for the 2014-15 fiscal year.

Several board members asked why the proposal was the only item on Tuesday's agenda. Board President Hunter Beasley said he had expected more discussion on possible cuts to specific funds.

The board's next budget meeting is Thursday.


Information from: The Advertiser,

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