Going Over Fiscal Cliff Could Cut West Deptford School Programs
Fearful of layoffs and slashed extracurricular activities, the school board asks Congress to amend the Federal Budget Control Act of 2011 to avoid losing funding.
On Monday night, the West Deptford Board of Education, joining school boards across New Jersey, approved a resolution asking Congress to amend the Federal Budget Control Act of 2011. The resolution addresses concerns that New Jersey will see a large chunk of money cut from education funding if Congress doesn't act by Jan. 2, 2013.
“We really wanted to push that out there to prepare ourselves for if we do hit that so-called fiscal cliff,” board President Christopher Strano said. “There's a lot of monies that we depend on that will stop.”
The resolution notes the cuts to the education budget, or “sequestration,” would halt many programs in school districts, including West Deptford. It specifically references that sequestration would lead to “larger classes sizes, fewer course offerings, possibly four-day schools weeks, loss of extracurricular activities and teacher and staff layoffs.”
According to the resolution, New Jersey schools would be adversely affected by budget cuts. The resolution cites the state as having the smallest percentage of school expenditures supported by the federal government at 3.1 percent.
Such a budget reduction would really hit home if the country reaches the fiscal cliff on Jan. 2. Strano noted that West Deptford School District would have to stop many extracurricular activities simply due to a lack of money.
“This is more of a safety net,” said Strano. “If a lot of this money stops and the government's going to stop, a lot of the money that we have committed to these programs is not going to be there.”
For more coverage of the Nov. 26 West Deptford school board meeting, see Huge Changes Coming to Math Classes in WD Schools.
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