- Associated Press - Thursday, June 2, 2016

LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - The Lafayette Parish School Board has rejected two charter applications from outside organizations as it gave the go-ahead for Superintendent Don Aguillard’s office to apply for a charter school of its own.

Amid a dim budget outlook that projects another year of declining sales tax revenues, The Advocate reports (https://bit.ly/1TY43sf) the board also approved Wednesday a $492 million budget that freezes employee salaries and cuts dozens of positions throughout the district.

The district faced a $10.4 million shortfall this year. Sales tax collections are expected to drop by another 7 percent, or about $3.6 million, over the next school year, adding to the 8 percent in sales taxes already lost during the 2015-16 fiscal year.

About $5.3 million in excess general fund dollars will be used to balance the budget.

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

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