CPSB proposal includes alternative to teacher cuts

CALCASIEU PARISH, LA (KPLC) - The Calcasieu Parish School Board is considering some alternatives that could shield the system from teacher cuts.

Board member Joe Andrepont on Thursday evening proposed using the revenue from the board's Mossville property sale to fill the budget gap. That's about $9 million compared to the more than $8 million for the proposed teacher cut.

Members favored the proposal in a 9-5 vote.

Andrepont said the plan would ultimately allow other options to be mulled.

The school system has a projected budget for the 2013-2014 that's nearly $13 million in the hole.

Some members say they have concerns for future budgets, citing that if the deficit continues growing, employee cuts are inevitable.

KPLC's Olivia Vidal will have more on later editions.

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