CPSB still cutting teachers, but not LCBA transportation

By Crystal Price - bio | email

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - The Calcasieu Parish School Board's approved budget agenda still includes teacher cuts, but not transportation to the Lake Charles Boston Learning Academy.

At Tuesday night's meeting the board reviewed the budget committee's proposed budget of $261,001,035 for the 2010-2011 school year.

The board voted not to cut transportation to LCBA after taking a closer look at the total cost of transporting students to and from the academy.

According to school officials, it costs the parish $27,180 to transport students to the learning academy.

"I really don't think that cutting this cost for transportation is worth it," said R. L. Webb, a school board member for Calcasieu Parish Schools.

Webb said that he has has eight students in his district that catch the bus from Bell City to attend the learning academy.

"I talked to administration and they said there's no way they'll be able to find another way there," said Webb.

According to the director of the academy, Charles Adkins, the timing of the classes at the academy makes it difficult for students from all over the parish to find another ride to the academy.

"If we had school from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., I think parents could probably provide transportation," said Adkins. "But we have block schedules instead. So I don't think asking the parents to provide transportation is going to be workable."

Wayne Savoy said there are other ways the parish can save aside from cutting transportation from the academy.

"I don't care if it's one child on the bus, I don't care if it's 50 children on the bus, it's still my responsibility to find ways to educate children," said Savoy.

Other items that still remain on the budget to be cut include 105 teacher positions, STEP Increases, among other items.

To see a complete copy of the Calcasieu Parish School Board's budget agenda, click on "CPSB Budget" to the right.

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