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.
dniece68 February 27, 2013 at 06:24 PM
One less job lost...
Ken February 27, 2013 at 07:16 PM
The White House is lying as always. There's not going to be a spending cut. They are still going to spend more than last year, just not as much as a increase as they wanted. The idiots in Washington are still borrowing 46 cents on every dollar they spend. Yea, we're going to be able to keep this up for ever!!!!! Joke and puke!
Tom S. River February 27, 2013 at 09:28 PM
Loss of federal money revenue for central regional should not be a problem, just raise the taxes on Seaside Park and Island Heights
Rob February 28, 2013 at 12:59 AM
if it happens tighten you belt or maybe you and your higher payed staff should take a 5 or 10% pay cut, you are all overpaid by 40% as it is. At least we know you are a democrate only you people are talking about this trying to stir up the families of the children. Shame on you!
Working Stiff February 28, 2013 at 11:51 AM
Cut some fat, like every small business in NJ
Keeping whats mine March 01, 2013 at 12:39 PM
Yes. Whats next the post office is gonna need yet more money to save that dead business. Time to cut the deadwood there as well,
Hearme March 02, 2013 at 12:13 AM
I love that that the article about the Mayor says that the cuts wont have any effect on us and this article says it will. So which is it? As for those who think the teachers and admins are overpaid...Look at other districts in other areas. They are paid much less here than districts of this size in other areas. I wonder how many of you would be so quick to take a cut in pay without an argument or any resistance. NO ONE WANTS A PAY CUT. I don't know of a single teacher or administrator that is living a wealthy lifestyle from their salary they get in this district, unless it is one of the guys that is getting paid to do multiple jobs all with the same hours yet they manage to claim to do them all and collect 2 and 3 paychecks at a time.
Mike Daly March 02, 2013 at 02:25 PM
Ken is actually more correct. Congress has mandated a cut, that cut in reality is not a real reduction but rather a reduction in the overall increase. Congress also indiicated certain programs were untouchable such as welfare. The President then has chosen to implement the "cuts" by imposing half on DoD and the other half on non-DoD. It is then up to each agency and service to come up with a plan to meet their "share" if you will of the dollar value associated with the cuts. As is true anywhere else, people are the most expensive aspect of operating and therefore the easiest way to plan to cut. In my agency we are going to be furloughed one day a week for up to 22 weeks. They are cutting primarily by reducing everyone's salary an additional 20%
Mike Daly March 02, 2013 at 02:27 PM
Hearme if you noticed I commented on Amao's comment as well. You raise a good point, and I am not defending Amato because I know he's wrong. I think all he was looking at was the actual monies received by Berkeley directly from the Fed. This is going to be like throwing a rock in a pond, the ripple effects will spread out in all directions from the immediate impact
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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