Staff pay and positions, student bus service and other areas could be affected at Lafourche Parish schools if proposals move forward to cut $6 million from the district's budget for next year.

Lafourche schools Superintendent Jo Ann Matthews outlined her proposals to the School Board’s finance committee Wednesday night.

Because of a decrease in sales and property taxes, the district must come up with $6 million in cuts before the next school year, Matthews said.

Among her suggestions are not filling administrative and staff positions that have become vacant or are expected to become vacant with retirements and stopping staff performance pay for the 2017-18 and 2018-19 school years.

She also proposed a $1.5 million savings by using fewer buses for more student pickups.

Matthews also provided other options, such as cutting cheer and dance teams at the parish’s middle schools. All options added together would cut $10.6 million, but she said she only wants the district to cut $6 million.

“We are currently struggling for money, but I’m hoping the economy will come back and that our community at that time will support us. So we need to count to six and hold on and protect our classrooms and our folks and support our students,” Matthews said.

The committee made no decisions Wednesday night.

Matthews said she wants the finance committee to consider the options and schedule a special meeting to move their suggestions to the full board.

-- Staff Writer Holly Duchmann can be reached at 857-2205 or holly.duchmann@houmatoday.com. Follow her on Twitter @holly_evamarie.