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Potsdam School Board opposes sequestration

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POTSDAM — Should the federal government fail to reach a compromise before the Dec. 31 deadline and fall off the so-called fiscal cliff, Potsdam Central School District could find itself losing another $63,000 in revenue.

“Sequestration could have a major impact on our schools,” Superintendent Patrick H. Brady said, adding the district relies on the federal government for Title I and special education funding.

“We are required to provide Title I reading and math services for our students who are at risk of not meeting standards, as well as special education services,” Mr. Brady said. “We’ve been told that if sequestration is implemented, education funding could be cut by as much as 8.2 percent.”

For Potsdam, Mr. Brady said an 8.2 percent reduction in federal aid would translate to a loss of $63,343.

“For the most part, that funding would have to be made up somewhere and at the same time state aid is being cut. This could be another challenge for the district.”

Mr. Brady said the $63,000 the district stands to lose is roughly the equivalent of one teaching position.

“We certainly hope that our federal legislators and our president will reach a compromise,” Mr. Brady said.

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