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4/6/2013 2:51:00 PM
Sequestration will impact local school districts
Will reduce school budgets statewide nearly $53 million
Kirk Waddle
Kirk Waddle

Philip Wright
Staff Reporter


COTTONWOOD - The Budget Control Act of 2011 Sequestration Provisions became effective March 1. The provisions will affect all federally funded education programs, with the largest impact hitting Title 1, IDEA Part B and Impact Aid. The total impact to school districts throughout Arizona is expected to be $52.9 million statewide.

Kirk Waddle, business director for Mingus Union High School, said the estimated impact of sequestration to MUHS is $27,854 for next year.

"However, the actual impact will differ because we do not have the 2014 allocations or the impact of the new census numbers," Waddle said. "The Title 1 and IDEA Basic Entitlement will hurt the most."

Waddle explained that Title 1 is the grant that allows the district to provide remedial assistance to students struggling in math and reading. The IDEA Basic Entitlement is the special education grant. Waddle said that will hurt the district the most.

"Our contract services are paid from this grant and we use all of it each year," Waddle said. "Because theses services are essential, the district will have to make the sequestration reductions up using maintenance and operations funds from our general fund, which makes it more difficult to purchase classroom supplies and other operating supplies."

Waddle pointed out that those services include physical therapy, occupational therapy, counseling and psychological therapy.

David Snyder, director of business services for Cottonwood-Oak Creek School District, said the district was informed by the Arizona Department of Education that the district should anticipate reductions of 5 to 10 percent in federal programs next year.

"The district receives federal funding under No Child Left Behind for Title 1, which provides instructional support and interventions for at-risk students, Title II, which funds teacher professional development, and Title III, which supports our English language learner programs," Snyder said. "The FY13 budget for the title programs is $990,000."

Snyder also pointed out that the district receives federal funding through IDEA, which provides support for district special education preschool. The FY13 budget for IDEA is $398,000.

Snyder said that all federal funding is in the form of grants.

"Last year, ADE posted the amounts we would be receiving on July 12th," Snyder said. "Some of the funding is based on census data so changes in census could effect our totals."

Snyder said he doesn't anticipate receiving the final amounts before July 1.

"At this time the district is developing FY14 budgets for these programs adjusting for the anticipated reductions," Snyder said.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Tuesday, April 9, 2013
Article comment by: M J

Re: You can thank The do nothing republicans!
SUCH DRAMA!
HahahahahahhaHahahahahahha


Posted: Tuesday, April 9, 2013
Article comment by: Anyone With their Own Brain

Some perspective on these "Massive Sequestration Cuts."

From the article above:

"the estimated impact of sequestration to MUHS is $27,854 for next year".

"The FY13 budget for IDEA is $398,000."

"The FY13 budget for the title programs is $990,000."

The sky is not falling.


Posted: Monday, April 8, 2013
Article comment by: You can thank The do nothing republicans!

Anyone with their own brain (not the ones corrupted by fox) knows that the republicans have practiced nothing but obstructionism at the expense of the country. If they are not in power they will do anything to destroy the country.

Posted: Sunday, April 7, 2013
Article comment by: You can thank B.O. for this

The sequester was Democratic President Barack Obama's idea, so you can thank him for this.

Republicans in congress have repeatedly tried to pass bills allowing the President to have more flexibility to make these cuts. To use, in the President's words, a "scalpel" instead of an "axe".

The President would have nothing of it. He wants these cuts to be as painful as possible. This is his cynical approach to governing, to convince you that nothing but a Big Government Entitlement State is the only option.

What utter nonsense. Could we not have cut, for instance, the $30 million we are spending for pottery classes in Morocco? That money would sure go a long way here in the Verde.

But actions speak louder than words. When the President had the opportunity to use a scalpel, he chose the axe.




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