CPSB takes immersion program off budget reduction - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

CPSB takes immersion program off budget reduction

By Crystal Price - bio | email

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - After hearing the voices from concerned citizens in the lake area, the school board passed a motion to remove cuts to the immersion program from the budget packet.

The proposal would have eliminated 26 teachers from the French and Spanish immersion program that has been in existence in Calcasieu Parish for almost 30 years.

The school board decided not to pursue cutting these positions after discussing that a small percentage of the school board's budget is actually spent on the immersion program.

"It is one of the few successes in our state that is respected nationwide," said R. L. Webb, a CPSB member. "Therefore, I'm voting to take the immersion program off the budget packet."

Another item the board passed a motion to remove from the packet was the proposal to remove 1 million dollars from the Lake Charles Boston Academy for extra-curricular classes.

Some board members were against taking the money from the academy.

"This facility has so much potential," said Wayne Savoy, Superintendent for Calcasieu Parish Schools. "Therefore we need to look ahead and put justice where it is needed at this school."

Others felt those dollars could be better spent elsewhere.

"What we're trying to do in my opinion is save vocational education and save core curriculum at the schools and we have to keep that in focus first and other things that play out of that we have to look at and make a decision," said Joe Andrepont, CPSB President.

The board ultimately decided to consider cutting somewhere between $2,000 to $3,000 and not the full $1 million.

Other items taken off of the budget reduction agenda include the proposal to remove 19 administrative interns.

The board also voted to remove include the"In School Isolation" in Elementary Schools only and letting go 2 instead of 3 quality mentors.

The board is set to a make a final decision on the other items on the budget agenda at the next board meeting which is scheduled for April 20th.

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