By Associated Press - Friday, April 17, 2015

LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - Although the Lafayette Parish School System doesn’t expect to have to lay off any teachers next year, there will be nearly 58 fewer positions in the district.

Human Resources Director Bruce Leininger tells The Advertiser (https://bit.ly/1Ijnogq) there will be 55 fewer regular education teachers and fewer teacher slots for special education.

The Lafayette Parish School Board voted Wednesday to increase student-teacher ratios by one student per classroom in schools that have an “A,” ”B” or “C” grade from the state. The move will save the district close to $4 million, helping to close a budget deficit of more than $15 million.

Leininger said the district has already received word from about 30 teachers who will retire in the coming months.

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Information from: The Advertiser, https://www.theadvertiser.com

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