Sioux City school board contemplates job cuts to deal with the sequester
Thanks to sequestration, local school leaders are already planning cuts to keep from busting their budget.
The Sioux City Community School Board is looking at ways to deal with a $300,000 cut in federal funds following sequestration.
As many as 30 staff members could lose their jobs. Up to 12-positions would come from the Title 1 program, which tries to improve academic achievement for the disadvantaged.
Up to 11 teaching positions will be lost in the Iowa Early Intervention Program. And, the loss in funding could cost 5 teachers aides their jobs in special education.
But, the real challenge is at the state level where lawmakers still haven't passed a budget.
"The problem is the timeline. They won't pass it until after we certify our budget and after the law requires us to notify people that their job may be in jeopardy," said Dr. Paul Gausman, Sioux City Community Schools Superintendent.
Property taxes should not see much movement, but that is dependent on the state cuts. Lawmakers are expected to settle on a budget before they adjourn in April.
The school board will approve its budget at its April 8th meeting.
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