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Sequestration cuts could affect Pre-K and Head Start programs starting May 1

By Kristen Pope, Reporter, kpope@ktxs.com
Published On: Apr 01 2013 09:30:30 PM CDT
ABILENE, Texas -

Abilene ISD Board of Trustees are planning for the worst as sequestration cuts are looming. The board discussed the potential effects of these cuts would have on  their Pre-K and Head Start programs.

"We're looking at anywhere from a minimum cut of five percent all the way to a worse case scenario of ten percent," said AISD Board President Stan Lambert. "Five percent is approximately seven hundred thousand dollars that we world have to start looking at ways to reduce or cut our budget in this calendar budget year so in the 2012 to 2013 budget we would need to start making some reductions as early as May."

The board said they planning for the worst.

"Our facilities are full," said Lambert. "Our programs are maxed out at this time and so we have a waiting list of families that would like to have their children involved in these programs. It's really tough to think about cuts at this time because we know that there are families that need these services and there are children in the community who need these services very much."

If Congress does come to an agreement, the cuts could be averted and any financial impact would be retroactively reinstated to AISD.

They also discussed a "No Child Left Behind" waiver that they submitted in September 2012. 47 out of 50 states have submitted waivers. Texas chose to request a waiver in September after the more rigorous STAAR test was put in place. The state is still waiting for approval from the U.S. Department of Education. 

Some other agenda items are replacing the HVAC units in Clack Middle School along with roof repairs in AISD.