The Lafourche Parish School Board will again consider reducing its size from 15 members to nine at Thursday night’s meeting.

For years, there have been back-and-forth discussions between board members on the topic.

In August, the board voted 8-6 against seeking legislation to change its size from 15 to nine and voted 8-6 in July 2016 to reject a proposal to reduce its size.

In 2016, it was estimated a six-member reduction would save taxpayers about $58,000 a year. Former board member Ronald Pere, a proponent of the reduction, estimated the board would save another $105,000 per year in indirect costs.

Because Lafourche Parish voters defeated a 1-cent sales tax increase in late April, some board members said they will have to reduce their size if they want to have a tax passed.

Opponents have said a reduction would cause areas such as Chackbay and south Lafourche to lose representation.

During the summer, the board learned it would take a law to change the size of the board from 15 members to nine before the 2020 census. If the board attempts a reduction after the 2020 census, it could reduce itself to a different number.

The board will meet at 7 p.m. in the board room at its office at 805 E. Seventh St., Thibodaux.

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