School Board Rejects Superintendent Pat Cooper's Latest Budget Proposal
July 30, 2014 — Lafayette Parish School Board rejected Superintendent Pat Cooper's latest budget proposal Tuesday night. The proposed scenario would have used board-suggested cuts and staff recommendation to counter balance a $20 million plus shortage for the fiscal year that started at the beginning of July.
In order to balance the budget for 2014-15, Superintendent Pat Cooper suggested the use of $5.7 million from the "rainy day" fund. Only Mark Cockerham and Kermit Bouillion supported the new scenario. Bouillion says he wanted to support a viable solution to the problem facing the Lafayette Parish School Board.
"We have $66 million that is set aside for a rainy day account. I have no problems taking perhaps anywhere from two to six to seven million dollars. That's what it's for." said Bouillon.
"You know I guess we have a board that I guess you can say agrees to disagree and we just keep battling it out. By September 15th as law dictates, we should have this budget taken care of."
Some of the board members say they were only given a more detailed run down of the funds and services that were included in the proposal and said the board will probably go over those suggestions when they reconvene for the next budget meeting on Thursday.