Continuing the focus on areas that have been or are going to be impacted by the sequester cuts; the Elbert County School System could very well be one of those entities affected.
Elbert County School Superintendent Rick Higginbotham says that the school receives federal funding in several different areas.
“We have a number of budgets that are federally funded, we have Title 1,2,3, and 6 programs”, said Higginbotham. “Also, our school nutrition program is also federally funded, and right now we don’t know what impact the cuts are going to have.”
According to Higginbotham, Chief Financial Officer Ben Childs is currently predicting about an 8% cut in federal funding to Elbert County, though no official word on cuts has been received.
Higginbotham said that the school board does not expect jobs to be cut due to decreased federal funding.
“Not at the present time”, said Higginbotham. “We feel that we are in a solid enough position that we don’t foresee any cuts as a result of that.”
Official word on the actual cuts to the system’s funding is expected to be received before the school board has to pass their fiscal year 2014 budget on June 30th.