Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools could lose millions due to sequester cuts

Posted on: 10:31 pm, March 12, 2013, by , updated on: 10:33pm, March 12, 2013

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — The Winston-Salem/Forsyth County School System estimates they could lose $2.6 million due to federal cutbacks also known as sequester cuts.

School superintendent Don Martin told board members Tuesday night Title I schools, which educate students from low-income families, and the special education program will see the biggest cuts.

It’s estimated $1.7 million will be cut from Title I’s $15-million allotment while $700,000 will be cut from the $9.2 million allotment for special education.

Click here to read a detailed list of estimated cuts

“We don’t have any choice, we still have to find a way to provide the services,” said Sam Dempsey director of Special Education programs from nearly 7 students with disabilities in Forsyth County.

“The federal law requires that you provide services for children with disabilities and you have to do that whether you have the money or not.”

The federal mandate means the school system will likely have to cut from other places to cover the estimated cuts.

If congress doesn’t change the federal cuts they will likely go into effect in the fall.