How Will the Sequester Impact Malvern?
The full impact of federal budget cuts is yet to be determined, but some local programs could be in jeopardy.
The federal budget sequester began March 1, but its actual impact on local programs is not yet clear. Here's a quick rundown of where things currently stand:
Great Valley School District
According to the district's business manager, Chuck Linderman, not much would be affected in the long-term, but the sequester could impact the 2013-14 school year. He wrote in an email:
[T]he biggest impact for the future would be our Title I Money ($140k) and our IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act) money ($450k)
But what amount could be cut from those programs is yet to be determined. Linderman recommended this Education Week article as a good reference for understanding the sequester's impact on schools.
County Commissioner Ryan Costello examined the impact of the sequester on Facebook Tuesday, and urged his constituents not to buy into alarmist rhetoric:
There would/will be some reductions in housing, human services and public health programs, but Chesco is well-positioned relative to other Counties and States on dealing with the impacts. Further, it's very difficult to speculate on how it specifically will impact any particular program or project (non-defense related, that is).
Chester County Intermediate Unit
Mary Curley, Communications Director at the CCIU, said the sequester threatens about $2 million in federal funding to programs like Head Start, migrant education and Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement programs (IDEA).
"There are over 400 children in our Head Start program in the county, and about 1,500 students in our migrant education program. We provide special education services to about 5,000 students in the county," Curley said. "So naturally, we're concerned, but we don't know the full effect at this point."