USD 383 to discuss sequestration effects

By The Mercury

The USD 383 school board will hear about the effects of sequestration on Title I funds during its meeting at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Robinson Education Center.

The funds have been reduced by $120,795 or 11.03 percent for the 2013-14 school year.

Title I funds are given by the federal government to schools whose free and reduced lunch rate exceeds their district’s average.

USD 383’s average is 39.1 percent of its students.

Six elementary schools currently receive Title I assistance —Bergman (45.7 percent), Bluemont (50.6 percent), Lee (59.4 percent), Northview (66.3 percent), Ogden (75.5 percent) and Theodore Roosevelt (38.9 percent).

Theodore Roosevelt falls below the district average, but it is being grandfathered in as a Title I school for the upcoming school year.

However, the school will lose its Title I status and funding for 2014-15 if it remains below the average in 2013-14.

The board will also consider the Parents as Teachers program’s budget request.

Program officials are asking for the same amount as last school year — $100,000.

This is the first meeting for new school board members Marcia Rozell, Pat Hudgins and Aaron Estabrook.

The board will also elect new officers Wednesday.

At the last school board meeting, Curt Herrman and Leah Fliter indicated the desire to be president and vice-president, respectively.

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