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ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

Seats were filled at The East Albany Community Center this morning with people desperate to know how sequestration is affecting our community.

Assistant City Manager Wes Smith lead the group to explain cuts in funding that he says threatens our jobs and services.

One of the main topics of the meeting was education and how it impacts schools and our children.

County officials say the numbers aren't certain but they are preparing for the worst.

"Exactly the way we're going to cut those funds hasn't been decided yet but we're still all praying for a miracle, that these folks up in Washington are going to wake up and realize this is very negative and come down and save us," said Darrel Ealum, School Board Chair for District 6.

Georgia is looking at about a 30 million dollar loss for primary and secondary education funds in the state.

Dougherty County alone might lose up to a million dollars, forcing school officials to possibly cut grants and special school programs.

"It will definitely have a negative impact on our children. When you take upwards of one million dollars out of the budget, that's a considerable amount of money for a single school district," said Ealum.

Several teachers could lose their job, fewer schools will receive federal funding and students could lose their financial aid.

School Board members are already looking to make cuts in Dougherty County to save up to 2 million dollars by closing two schools and repurposing another.

With the uncertainty of where the education funding will be cut, they say for now they're making sure Senators and Congressmen know about the community's concerns.

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