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Sequestration Of Federal Funds Could Affect Central Regional School Budget This Year

Central could lose about $250,000 this year, business administrator says

The Central Regional school district could lose roughly $250,000 in federal funds if Congress fails to halt $85 billion in "sequestration" spending cuts by March 1.

Central Regional received roughly $1 million in federal dollars to use in the general budget, Business Administrator Kevin O'Shea said.

"We are being asked to expect a reduction of 25 percent of these funds, or about $250,000 for next year," he said. 'This is going to have ramifications for our budget for the next school year, when you consider that the two percent cap for us amounts to just over $544,000."

The district currently receives about $500,000 to help offset special education costs and another $500,000 in No Child Left Behind funds, which helps to fund some basic skills positions, professional development, and some after school tutoring for low income students, O'Shea said. 

The White House said Sunday that funding for education in New Jersey would be slashed by nearly $30 million and drastic cuts made to health care programs and environmental protection, if Congress fails to stop the cuts.

The sequestration cuts affecting school districts would include:  

  • Approximately $11.7 million in funding for primary and secondary education.
  • About $17 million in funds for about 210 teachers, aides, and staff who help children with disabilities.
  • Head Start and Early Head Start services would be eliminated for approximately 1,300 children.
Mike Daly March 02, 2013 at 02:33 PM
In addition to sequestration folks we are also nearing the end of a continuing resolution. For some reason the news is not covering that one either very well. So in addition to these "cuts" we are separately facing what could become a complete and total Government shutdown in about three weeks if Congress cannot agree to extend the current continuing resolution. Impacts, you bet your... there are going to be impacts.
Mike Daly March 02, 2013 at 05:06 PM
And so there is clarity here, when someone is furloughed they are BY LAW prevented from working during that time. The Congressmen getting on the news saying there will be no negative impacts from sequestration are lying. It does not mean everyone will be furloughed on the same day every week, they will spread it out to two or more days so the organization does not shut down. But if I am furloughed on Mondays and the guy I need to speak to is furloughed on Tuesdays it means we really only have three days a week to work together to get done what we need to do together. Common sense, if I'm cutting back and there is no negative impact then why would we have that extra person anyway? Right? Common sense and you'd be right. In that scenario we have too much of something, whether its too many people, or too much capacity and of course that should be trimmed back,
Mike Daly March 02, 2013 at 05:07 PM
The truth; however, is for more than three years most of the federal workforce has received zero payraises, and hiring has been VERY tight. Where I work we have been asked to pick up additional workload now for a couple of years because we could not replace everyone we lost.
Mike Daly March 02, 2013 at 05:12 PM
The other truth is Congress wrongly accused civil service of being highly overpaid across the board when compared to equivalent civilian jobs. In some cases like the little old lady who sits there all day and licks stamps for $75K a year, yeah she is very overpaid compared to her civilian counterpart. Someone has very cleverly paved the ground over the last two years to make the general public believe these cuts will have no effect on anyone and therefore it is okay because all it is doing is trimming excess fat and deadwood. Here’s your bottom line if you really wish to do more then comment mindlessly, Public worker's salaries, including teachers and mine are a matter of public record. You can easily look up on the Internet exactly what the teachers and administrators at CRSD are making. This is listed BY NAME. You should do so before commenting further, you will be surprised to see how little some of our best teachers are making. You will also be surprised to see the huge salaries some husband/wife teaching duos take home combined. But it is available on the Internet and easily confirmed. Its also a matter of public record and as such not an invasion of anyone’s privacy. And for the record, I never hide behind a screen name like some of you. If you have something else to say, put your real name on it.
Mike Daly March 03, 2013 at 01:02 PM
Since no one asked the link is right here. http://www.mycentraljersey.com/section/datauniverse08/Datauniverse-New-Jersey-Public-School-Teachers-and-Administrators Again, all public information. You can pretty much see everything professionally related to any teacher or adminstrator right here, includng how many months a year they actually work (most teachers do not work a full 12 months). What I don't think is here is if a particular teacher receives extra pay for coaching an extra curricular activity.


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