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Dougherty Co. school to take hit if sequester goes into effect

ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

If the sequester goes into effect, Georgia will lose millions of dollars in federal money for education.

Much of that money goes to systems with a high number of disadvantaged students, that includes Dougherty County.

The clock is ticking on ever so close to the March 1st deadline for congress to reach an agreement to stop across the board spending cuts.

These cuts will directly affect money that Georgia gets for educational programs such as Head Start and Title I.

The White House says Georgia will lose $30 million in education funding.

"Well obvious, $30 million at the state level is going to be difficult, but when you take down to our level in Dougherty county, we're going to lose upwards of $800,000 to a million dollars in Title I funds," said Darrel Ealum.

Title I funds help make the learning environment equal for disadvantaged students and with Albany having poverty rate surpassing 28, those funds are desperately needed.

"We're going to lose in excess of $800,000 thousand dollars in funds that's directly related to helping those folks who need it the most," said Ealum.

Second Harvest Food Bank Branch Director Jim Case is hoping for the best, but preparing for the worse.

"Jobs are going to be lost. Things are going to be switched around and entitlements are going to be cut back and with that a lot of agencies are going to come to us needing more resources," said Second Harvest Branch Director Jim Case.

He says he's already stocking up on supplies at the warehouse just in case a deal isn't reached and more families come knocking.

"We're making sure we have the transportation ready to be able to move this product, store this product and distribute this product in the manner where there is no panic. People should understand we're going to do all we can," said Case.

"We hope those folks up there in Washington come to some type of agreement and we don't lose this tremendous amount of money," said Ealum.

Hope is all the two can do right now.

Ealum says if the spending cuts go into effect, school officials will evaluate their financial situation and make adjustments accordingly.

To see other ways how Georgia will be directly affected by sequestration, click here.

 

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