- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 1, 2014

LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - Some new ideas have emerged to significantly reduce the Lafayette Parish School System’s $23.5 million deficit.

The Advertiser reports (https://bit.ly/1rTk57O ) the board did not vote on any of the proposals from school board member Rae Trahan Monday night, but they could come back before the board within the next couple of weeks. Instead, the board continued working its way through the district’s proposed 2014-15 budget on a line item basis during a meeting that ran for about six and a half hours.

The board did eliminate $105,000 for fuel and repairs to buses and other district vehicles, and about $2,200 for custodial operations. Several other smaller cuts were made to various departments, totaling more than $100,000 for items like printing, binding, office supplies and clerical roles.

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