AMITE, La. (AP) -- Superintendent Mark Kolwe says the Tangipahoa Parish School Board must cut more than $8 million from the 2012-2013 budget, but employee furloughs are off the table.
Kolwe says other measures, such as increasing class sizes, reducing salaries for starting teachers or dipping below a board-mandated minimum balance in the general fund, are still on the table.
The Advocate reports (http://bit.ly/IOcY9e ) about 60 people attended the meeting, billed as a "financial summit," to discuss the system's projected shortfall.
Bret Schnadelbach, chief financial officer for the Tangipahoa Parish school system, says Tangipahoa ranks 63rd in Louisiana in local revenue generated per pupil. The district receives $2,137 in local revenue per pupil, while the state average is $4,533.
Information from: The Advocate, http://theadvocate.com