French program to be cut from Jefferson Davis elementary schools - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

French program to be cut from Jeff Davis elementary schools

Posted: Updated:
  • More Local NewsLocalMore>>

  • Monitoring Gulf for possible tropical development

    Monitoring Gulf for possible tropical development

    Friday, August 29 2014 8:19 AM EDT2014-08-29 12:19:50 GMT
    As of Friday morning, the area of low pressure in the Gulf we were monitoring earlier this week has moved inland over South Texas and is no longer a threat of developing tropically.More >>
    As of Friday morning, the area of low pressure in the Gulf we were monitoring earlier this week has moved inland over South Texas and is no longer a threat of developing tropically.More >>
  • Residents take up firearms in Country Aire

    Residents take up firearms in Country Aire

    Friday, August 29 2014 12:09 AM EDT2014-08-29 04:09:40 GMT
    Residents in Country Aire mobile home park off Highway 397 say crime is taking over the neighborhood. It's sparked many neighbors to openly carry firearms, as a way to deter crime.More >>
    Residents in Country Aire mobile home park off Highway 397 say crime is taking over the neighborhood. It's sparked many neighbors to openly carry firearms, as a way to deter crime.More >>
  • Reaping the health benefits of volunteering

    Reaping the health benefits of volunteering

    Thursday, August 28 2014 11:53 PM EDT2014-08-29 03:53:38 GMT
    The death of a spouse or retiring from a long-time career can leave seniors looking for their place as they navigate through a "new normal." KPLC's Britney Glaser reports volunteering can bring fulfillment and health benefits to the person willing to give back to others.More >>
    The death of a spouse or retiring from a long-time career can leave seniors looking for their place as they navigate through a "new normal." KPLC's Britney Glaser reports volunteering can bring fulfillment and health benefits to the person willing to give back to others.More >>
JEFF DAVIS PARISH, LA (KPLC) -

Difficult financial times for the Jefferson Davis School Board mean cuts must be made.

Jefferson Davis Superintendent David Clayton said the state's decision to make school boards pay more for teacher retirements means cuts must be made.

"We are now paying $2.7 million more a year than we were 5 years ago," Clayton said.

At Thursday night's school board meeting, the board voted to give permission to eliminate the elementary French program.

"The board was looking at possible things to cut that would not impact the actual common core, like the academic classes," he said.

Of the 12 school board members present, nine voted in favor of the decision.

The board did not vote to eliminate art, music and the response to intervention teachers that were previously discussed.

Clayton said there will be some teaching positions that will be cut. However, he said this will be normal staffing cuts.

"Each school is allocated a certain number of teachers based on enrollment, and right now we are looking at around 7 to 10 teachers for the whole parish," Clayton said.

Clayton said those schools will be Lake Arthur Elementary, Jennings Elementary, Elton High School, Welsh Elementary and West End Instructional Center.

He added, "Most of them, if not all, will be taken care of through retirements. In all probability, no teacher who intended to come back next year and who is doing a good job will be affected."

School board officials say they will continue to put the students' needs first. 

Copyright 2013 KPLC. All rights reserved.

Powered by WorldNow