Federal sequester affects District 15

Like all school districts, St. Francis District 15 will likely feel the pain of the federal sequester.

Without a deal in place between President Barack Obama’s administration and House Republicans, the District 15 2013-2014 budget will have to compensate for cuts in two programs.

The district was already looking at a reduction of $2.6 million and now there will also be reductions to Title 1 and Special Education funding, said David Lindberg, district resources director.

The $2.6 million in cuts are mainly to due to the projected enrollment decrease of 150 students next year, he said.

At this point, the Minnesota Department of Education has not notified the district on how much its federal funding will decrease as a result of sequester.

There is an expectation the cuts will be between 5 to 5.2 percent for the 2014 school year, Lindberg said.

Throughout the state, it is expected the K-12 system will lose $25 million in federal funding with $7 to $8 million reduced from the Title 1 programs and $9 to $10 million from the Special Education part B program, he said.

The district is still trying to determine how the sequester will impact the budget as well as the Affordable Care Act and any possible state legislation regarding insurance coverage, Lindberg said.

Tammy Sakry is at tammy.sakry@ecm-inc.com

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