Maybe the exhilaration of the recent ad valorem tax renewal is the reason.
Perhaps it was an attitude of “who are you” to ask for help.
Or maybe it was plain stupidity.
Whatever the reason(s), Caddo School Superintendent Dr. Lamar Goree and the 12 member Caddo School Board put their heads in the sand and lost out.
The Shreveport City Council passed an ordinance on Tuesday that reduced funding for school crossing guards by $75 grand. This vote had been delayed since May 14.
The school board had been asked to meet with council members to discuss the proposed cut. The response was crickets.
Shortly after the vote, the school board sent out a press release crying wolf. As expected it was completely self-serving and not totally accurate.
Trying to divert blame on the council, rather than take responsibility, further compounds the credibility of Goree and the school board. The council is to be commended for staying the course and taking budget action without the cooperation of school officials.