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Lafayette School Board upping health insurance premiums, cutting PE positions to save money


LAFAYETTE, Louisiana — The Lafayette School Board has started voting on cost-cutting measures to balance its budget ahead of the new school year.

The Advocate reports (http://bit.ly/1PNco2S ) the board voted Tuesday to analyze the benefits of buying, instead of leasing its school buses. Board members also voted to raise school employees' health insurance premiums by 9 percent and eliminate 14 to 15 physical education positions and nine physical education assistants next year. Nine English-as-a-second language teachers are expected to be added.

The board is trying to bring its 2015-16 general fund expenses in line with the expected revenue of $259 million.

Chief Financial Officer Billy Guidry says the district is considering buying 128 to 130 buses, a move he estimates could save about $22.6 million over 20 years.

Information from: The Advocate, http://theadvocate.com

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