The School board will have a tough decision to make at its board meeting Thursday night, June 7, at 5 pm. Cloutierville is back on the chopping block as a possible school closure as the district tries to balance the budget.
“Banding schools didn’t help as much as we thought it would,” said Superintendent Dale Skinner.
Director of Curriculum and Instruction Susan Horne said the banding of schools that was approved by the board this year wasn’t focused on financial savings, but had academics in mind.
“I’ve been lied to all this year then,” said Board member Emille Metoyer. “We were told the banding would save money, but we’ve kept adding positions. Every time you turn around we need more and more money.”
Closing Cloutierville will save the district $1.4 million annually. The current enrollment is 210 students and enrollment in the district as a whole has steadily decreased over the years (SEE GRAPH BELOW).
However, it was also stated that this is the 10th year in the last 11 years that the district hasn’t gotten extra money from the state.
The consensus among board members is that this will be a reoccurring issue. The worst part is that it was suggested that the board may have to look at closing other schools in the years to come if things don’t get better.
“I’m coming unglued about this,” said Board member Steven Harris.