The East Baton Rouge Parish School Board gave Superintendent Warren Drake the green light to invoke the “Reduction in Force” policy weeks ago; which increases the possibility of EBR School employees to be laid off.
Reports claim those layoffs can come as early as the end of May.
The reason behind the policy comes from the $30 million deficit the EBR School board is trying to cut ahead of the 2019-20 fiscal year; which starts July 1st. The goal is to bring the deficit to $20 million.
Superintendent Drake said he is hopefully employees will not negatively impacted by the policy. However, school principals will need to calculate the number of employees who will not return for the next school year.
“We don’t have a full accounting of people who will not be here for next year,” said Drake. “Usually it’s between 300 and 400 people who will; so through attrition we hope that will solve our budget issue.”
If student enrollment grows, Drake says the school system will add teachers and employees.