LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) — Pupil-teacher ratios in Lafayette Parish public schools might increase by one, two or three students per classroom as the school system grapples with another year of budget shortfalls.

The Lafayette Parish School Board's finance committee meets Wednesday and Billy Guidry, chief financial officer, says the budget shortfall and increasing student-teacher ratios will be discussed.

Guidry estimates the shortfall for 2015-16 ranges between $18.1 million and $22.5 million — depending upon whether the school board plans to recognize projections for increased tax revenues next year.

Guidry tells The Advocate the ratio changes were first on the board's agenda in February and it's possible the full board could make a decision on any changes at its next meeting on March 18.


Information from: The Advocate,