LAFAYETTE — A public hearing on the Lafayette Parish School Board’s more than $408 million unified budget for the 2012-13 school year is scheduled for 4 p.m. Wednesday, to be followed by a vote of the board at a special meeting at 4:30 p.m.
A copy of the proposed budget is available for public viewing at the School Board office, 113 Chaplin Drive, and the hearing is an opportunity for the public to offer comment or questions about the proposed spending plan.
About $3.7 million in additional general fund dollars is being used to support recommendations from task force groups organized earlier this year as part of new superintendent Pat Cooper’s transition.
The recommendations are a part of Cooper’s district turnaround plan with several initiatives, such as the N.P. Moss Annex Opportunity School and health and wellness teams at each school campus, to take effect in the upcoming school year.
The board also meets in regular session Wednesday.
The agenda includes a decision on the recommendation to convert David Thibodaux Career and Technical High School into an academy focused on science, technology, engineering and math while retaining career and technical training options for students through a partnership with South Louisiana Community College.
The $83,957 purchase of property adjacent to Milton Elementary-Middle School also faces a vote Wednesday. School officials say the property is needed for the land-locked school to help ease after-school student pick-up traffic that lines up along La. 92 in front of the school.