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Sequester cuts to trim Gatesville ISD’s budget

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Posted: Wednesday, March 27, 2013 4:30 am | Updated: 11:53 am, Wed Jul 16, 2014.

GATESVILLE — Federal sequester cuts are not expected to have “any significant impact” on Gatesville Independent School District’s 2013 budget, administrators told the school board Monday.

The district budgeted $549,285 in five federal grant programs, according to a document given to board members Monday; projected sequester cuts will trim $27,464.

The cuts are based on the Department of Education estimating a 5 percent reduction in education programs, the document stated.

Impact Aid — federal dollars for school districts that serve a large number of military family members — budgeted for GISD is $135,000 and would be trimmed by $6,750 if the sequester takes effect, the document stated.

Title I funds for improving basic programs are budgeted at $329,581 and would be cut by $16,479.

Title II funds for training and recruiting are budgeted at $62,640 and would be cut by $3,132.

Carl D. Perkins Grant funds for career and technical aid are budgeted at $22,064 and would be cut by $1,103.

The Department of Agriculture’s National School Breakfast & Lunch Programs, the largest of the district’s federal grants at $747,986, is exempt from the sequester and would not be cut.

About half of the district’s 2,900 students qualify for the federal free/reduced meal program, GISD Business Manager Darrell Frazier said.

The school district’s total budget is about $23 million.

In other action, the board approved Superintendent Stewart Speer’s recommendation to use the Waco architectural firm of RBDR to create renovation plans for campus safety and security and for concession stands and restrooms at the stadium.

The board approved Speer’s recommendation to use the Fort Worth architectural firm of Huckabee and Associates to create renovation plans for the elementary school and turf, track and bleachers at the stadium.

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