Kansas school districts will lose $7.2 million in federal funding next year.
According to a letter the Kansas Department of Education sent to school districts, the cuts are the result of sequestration, the amount of funding Congress appropriated to the program, and poverty data that shows Kansas’ rate of impoverished has not grown as fast as the other 48 states.
For the Gardner-Edgerton and Spring Hill districts, the budget cutbacks will slash each school’s Title I funding by 8.6 percent.
For Spring Hill, it’s a cut of $12,194. Gardner-Edgerton will receive $31,346 less next year.
Title I funding pays for teaching and additional services for high-poverty schools.
Doug Schwinn said the cuts aren’t good.
“It’s a hit,” he said. “It’s not a death blow. It’s just something that we’ll have to adjust and go forward.”
Tom Lawson, USD 230 director of special services, said in the Spring Hill School District, Title I money is used to fund a special reading class.
“It pays for staff, materials and supplies,” he explained. “A lot of it is consumables that we buy every year.”
As a result of the cut, some of those consumables will not be purchased next year, but the class will continue.
“It’s not a good deal, but it is what it is,” Lawson said. “We will adjust to meet the needs of the kids.”