May 2, 2012 10:44 PM by Maddie Garrett

School Board Approves Re-Organization Plan 5-4

An overhaul of the Lafayette Parish School Board central office is currently in the works. Superintendent Dr. Pat Cooper said at Wednesday night's meeting that he's "not playing games" with his turn around plan. Part of that plan, re-organizing the central office, passed with a 5-4 vote. Some of the school board members saying they're not on board with this part of the plan.

Cooper said he wants to streamline the central office by moving more staff out of the central office and into schools. The re-organization plan eliminates 113 positions and creates 71 new ones, with a net loss of 42 positions. But that number will be offset by some employees retiring.

The changes will save an estimated $2.6 million. Employees whose positions are lost will have a chance to apply for newly created jobs. However, Cooper has already appointed one or two people to key positions.

The plan is drawing both criticism and praise from board members.

"We may be trying to run people out of their jobs is a concern of my by simply changing or eliminating a job and recreating the same thing," said LPSB Member Gregory Awbrey.

"There's a lot of people that they're going to keep their jobs, but they're going to have additional job duties which I think is very important and all that is making the central office leaner and meaner," said LPSBB Member Kermit Boullion.

And with the re-organization plan passed, now some of those newly created positions will go online for application on LPSB's website.



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