Fiscal Cliff could impact JCPS funding, potential cuts and layoffs possible

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by Maggie Ruper

WHAS11.com

Posted on November 13, 2012 at 12:20 AM

Updated Tuesday, Nov 13 at 12:21 AM

Louisville, Ky. (WHAS) – The Jefferson County Public Schools School Board passed a resolution Monday to urge Congress to mitigate federal budget cuts, which includes education.

The so called “Fiscal Cliff” would have an impact to local students.

“The total impact to Jefferson County Public Schools would be $7.1 million dollars,” JCPS Chief Financial Officer Cordelia Hardin said.

That amount would be annual and affect programs for at-risk, low income, and students with disabilities.

“Most of the funding is actually an impact of staffing,” Hardin said.

School officials will have to wait on Congress to figure out a specific local impact. Lawmakers have until January to act.

Board members also approved the school calendar for the 2013-2014 year which remains roughly the same.

Students start on August 20 and end on June 4 with makeup days built in during February.

They decided to hold off on approving the 2014-15 calendar year to see how the newly implemented mid-year makeup days work this year and the following year.
 

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