Across-the-board federal budget cuts to education programs would cost the Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda School District up to $330,000 if terms of the Budget Control Act of 2011 take effect Jan. 2.
At a brief, special meeting this morning, the Ken-Ton School Board unanimously adopted a resolution that urges Congress and the federal Administration to amend the Budget Control Act to mitigate those cuts, which, for the most part, would impact the 2013-14 school year.
Under the act, public schools nationwide would sustain an estimated loss of $2.7 billion from just three programs: Title I grants for disadvantaged students, special education state grants under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act and Head Start.
Copies of the resolution, along with a letter, are to be sent to the president, the secretary of education and the state’s elected representatives.
The letter states, in part: “Like many school districts, we have already implemented cuts commensurate to state and local budget conditions ... Thus any further cuts would result in even larger class sizes, additional narrowing of the curriculum, possible four-day school weeks, further loss of extracurricular activities, and even more teacher and staff (layoffs).”