New Orleans school building plan with $330 million budget gap

Friday, June 27, 2014

New Orleans' $1.8 billion school facilities rebuilding plan will have to be scaled back due to a budget gap that could total $330 million -- and that threatens officials' goal of putting every public school student in a new or renovated building.

The superintendents of New Orleans' two school systems were to announce the news Thursday evening. However, the Master Plan Oversight Committee was blocked minutes before the start time by an order from District Judge Regina Bartholomew, who said it violated the state's open meetings law.

But a handout that was provided to the public at the meeting laid out the situation. It stated that "difficult decisions ... are necessary to complete the 2011 Recovery Plan."

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