French program to be cut from Jeff Davis elementary schools

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.

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