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Sequester Could Cost Perk Valley Schools $100K

The Perkiomen Valley School District shared how the potential $85 million in federal spending cuts could affect the 2013-14 budget.

The Perkiomen Valley School District stands to lose over $100,000 if a deal is not reached in Congress by March 1, to prevent the sequester—an $85 billion spending cut that will go into effect throughout the country—which would cost the Pennsylvania education system over $26 million.

The White House released reports on affects that the sequester cuts will have on Americans as part of its strategy to pressure Republicans into accepting a deal that will create new revenues, according to the Huffington Post.

Based on a Feb. 11 presentation from Perkiomen Valley School District Business Administrator Jim Weaver, the school district stands to lose $102,439 in federal funds for the 2013-2014 school year if the sequester occurs.

Weaver presented possible sequestration losses based on 7.8, 8.2 and 9.1 percent cuts on federal education funds, which created a loss of $87,806, $92,308 and $102,439, respectively, out of the expected $500,000 contribution from the federal government for the 2013-2014 school year.

The anticipated federal government revenue makes up .55 percent of the total revenue of just over $91 million.  Local revenue makes up just under $72 million on the budget, and state contributions account for  $19.1 million.

If the 9.1 percent cut occurs, PVSD will lose almost $80,000 in special education funding,  $12,500 will be lost in Title I cuts, and over $9,300 in Title II cuts.

"This is worrisome given the fact that the district is already trying to close a $3.2 million deficit," said Perkiomen Valley School District spokesperson Jessica Lester.  "We certainly would urge our federal lawmakers to do what they can to preserve federal education funds in this challenging budgetary environment."

According to the document released by the White House, Pennsylvania also risks budget cuts for clean air and water protection, military readiness, law enforcement and public safety funds, job search assistance for Pennsylvanians who need work, child care, public health, violence against women and nutrition for seniors, among other programs.

While the White House is sharing the impact of these potential cuts, Republicans in Washington are criticizing the President Barack Obama’s use of the “bully pulpit.”

“Republicans in the House have voted—twice—to replace President Obama's sequester with smarter spending cuts,” Boehner spokesman Michael Steel said, according to the Huffington Post. “The White House needs to spend less time explaining to the press how bad the sequester will be and more time actually working to stop it."

MM February 25, 2013 at 09:43 PM
Keep in mind our Republican Governor also discrimated our state's education budget to vastly fund mass incarceration - millions less in education This situation wouldn't exist today. As a parent with kids in this school district, I am concerned about our Governors priorities & so should you! Editor, you do great work here, but you often show your political stance in your threads. Please be more conscience of your non-Republican viewers.
Brittany Tressler (Editor) February 25, 2013 at 10:32 PM
Hi MM - Thanks for the feedback. I didn't include information on Governor Corbett's budgetary priorities because this story was meant to explain the federal sequester, and what it means to the Perkiomen Valley School District - I didn't omit his education cuts out of my own political feelings, I just didn't find them pertinent to an already-complex story regarding federal funding. I did link to the school district's budget presentation in the article (http://www.boarddocs.com/pa/perkiomen/Board.nsf/files/94VJUF4EDD33/$file/Budget%20Presentation%202-11-2013.pdf), which gives a much broader look at the district's revenue, including state funding.
Rita Smith, M.E.V. February 26, 2013 at 02:46 PM
How about cutting all our tax $'s to Planned Parenthood and add that money to services that would benefit our people in need of Crisis Pregnancy Centers, Food Banks, After School Programs, etc. The following article will shed some light for you: Planned Parenthood Fraud Totals $100 Million in Tax Dollars Cecile Richards, President of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, has described 2011 as “the most difficult year in [Planned Parenthood’s] history.” Well, welcome to 2012. The Alliance Defense Fund, in conjunction with the Susan B. Anthony List, released its summary report on publicly available federal and state audits that identify waste, abuse, and potential fraud by Planned Parenthood and state family planning programs and reveal systemic misuse of nearly $100 million taxpayer dollars. http://www.lifenews.com/2012/02/24/planned-parenthood-fraud-totals-100-million-in-tax-dollars/
Teri B February 26, 2013 at 05:52 PM
Rita is correct. Let us use that murder money helping children, rather than killing them. The 679 Planned Parenthood locations, in the USA, includes 38 Pennsylvania offices. That would break down of approximately $147k per PA location! PLENTY OF MONEY if we just instruct the politicians where to put our money!!! PLUS, there are many other locations for women's health services, at low-cost, or no-cost, across the U.S.A. WE MUST DEFUND PLANNED PARENTHOOD! WE NEED THOSE FUNDS FOR THE SCHOOLS!
Jason February 26, 2013 at 07:10 PM
Defund planned parenthood.....Yeah, much better option then telling Boehner to stop playing games with the country. Out of curiosity could you kindly list some of the "many other locations for women's health services, at low-cost, or no-cost, across the U.S.A." Maybe some in the general area. Ya know, for the women that will use planned parenthood one day and catch breast cancer early. Lets just be frank. It's a pathetic American that would take possibly the only chance at health care away from another American in the name of political games. Only the gutless attack the less fortunate.
Lee February 26, 2013 at 07:56 PM
I think quoting the Huffington Post demostrates that Brittany is quite unbiased.
Lee February 26, 2013 at 07:59 PM
Agreed Rita. They certainly could make up the funding via the very wealthy liberal elite who support PP so vehemently.
Lee February 26, 2013 at 08:01 PM
PP would be amazed at how much they would receive privately from the left. But because they look at our Government as their father figure/protector sadly, they cannot let go of the - relatively minor funding they receive, which has recently increased dramatically, also sadly.
Lee February 26, 2013 at 08:15 PM
PP said they screened for bc, but they were actually only "referring" and that is pure P.R. We must promote abstinence to our young girls and even to the boys. I know I know, but we must protect them from themselves. I would so prefer our schools take a hard line because kids are too immature to be trusted. The young boys need to be protected as well, as STDs are rampant. Leftist mentality has completely removed the shame from teenage pregnancy, and it is outrageous imo.
Nick Matregrano February 27, 2013 at 02:06 AM
How about Term Limits for Congress and the Senate, its about time they work for the American people and not their party agendas. Two terms and out for everyone, no more career politicians.

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