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C-T: Local impact of federal cuts unclear

Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
From the Chronicle-Tribune

Marion Community Schools’ Head Start program will suffer under $85 billion in automatic federal spending cuts that went into effect Friday, but most local law enforcement and school officials are still waiting to find out how they’ll be affected.

Head Start Coordinator Heather Pratt said the program will not have to cut from its 168-student enrollment or 19-person staff as it loses about $53,000 from its annual grant of about $1 million.

Head Start’s six classrooms, five at Tucker Career and Technology Center and one at Frances Slocum Elementary School, will not be so lucky.

Pratt said luxuries including books for children to take home and keep; semiannual take-home instructional bags; and “kindergarten bags” that help students stay sharp over the summer after graduating from Head Start could be cut.

The cuts will also make it much more difficult for Head Start to expand, she said.

“In 2012, we had 237 applicants (for 168 spots),” she said. “This number does not include the number of families that came in requesting information on how to apply for Head Start.”