$95,000 in cuts possible for Seneca Valley

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The Seneca Valley School District will lose between 5.4 and 5.8 percent of its federal funding if the cuts remain in place under the recent federal sequestration.

Superintendent Tracy Vitale said on Monday the district receives $1.65 million in federal funds for special education, Title 1 reading and other programs.

Cuts to Seneca Valley's budget under the sequestration are projected to be between $89,000 and $95,700, she said.

"In a nearly $100 million budget, people might say it's not that much money, but those programs will have to either be cut or the cost passed onto the taxpayers," Ms. Vitale said.

School board member James Welsh noted that those programs are mandated by the government and can't be completely eliminated.

Ms. Vitale said cuts can be made within programs now funded by federal dollars, but she agreed they can't be eliminated completely.

Mr. Welsh said he believes the district needs to fund those programs, especially special education, because it could affect the district's Adequate Yearly Progress results.

AYP is part of the federal No Child Left Behind Act that requires all students to reach proficiency in reading and math by 2014.

According to a district news release distributed at Monday's meeting, the district likely won't feel the effects of the federal sequestration until next school year.

The release stated that most programs are "forward-funded," meaning the district already has the money in hand through June.

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Laure Cioffi, freelance writer: suburbanliving@post-gazette.com.


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