- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 2, 2016

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - East Baton Rouge schools officials are looking at possibly reducing a number of positions.

The Advocate reports (https://bit.ly/1PwFDVH) East Baton Rouge Parish Superintendent Warren Drake shared the proposed staff changes at a school board retreat on Saturday.

The proposal would eliminate 85 positions overall, saving an estimated $6.3 million a year. The decrease in payroll is driven by declines in enrollment as well as different policy preferences.

There are about 600 fewer students this year compared with a year ago.

Drake said the proposal is part of an effort to bring spending in line with revenue in the least damaging way.

He said he hopes to avoid layoffs and rely instead on attrition.

Drake said he expects the proposed staffing reductions will change based on individual school needs.

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

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