Top 10 stories of 2021: CPSB registrations drop – American Press
The Calcasieu Parish School Board reported a loss of 3,000 students last January, possibly due to homes damaged by the hurricane. Due to declining enrollment, the district faced a core program shortage of at least $ 12,960,696.
The MFP is the dollar amount the state allocates per student for public school fees.
CPSB chief financial officer Wilfred Bourne said the reduction in funds began in February, but he hoped the students would return soon.
“Every child that we can pick up by February 1, we still get a credit for that, but for February 1, we can see that there will be a reduction.”
Superintendent Karl Bruchhaus said the state would hold $ 2 million per month until June.
“It’s a lot,” he said.
No teachers were cut to make up for the shortage, but the district absorbed the costs in other areas.
“We have a commitment until the end of the year,” said Bruchhaus. “We still have to pay all of our staff. “
Bourne and Bruchhaus remained convinced that the increased sales tax, likely due to building materials, and lower maintenance costs from hurricane recovery funds would help soften the blow.
“As housing returns, we still feel like a lot of our people will come back when there is a place to live. We are not panicking at this point. We took a hit, but we still hope that next year we will be closer to normal, ”said Bruchhaus.