Sequestration claims another Southwest Georgia victim
The sequestration has forced another Southwest Georgia entity to enforce strict budget cuts.
The Southwest Georgia Community Action Council was required to cut 5.1% from their Head Start Program spanning across 18 counties.
Director Ramona Codling says this will affect many areas within the program, including having to add 10 furlough days before January as well as reduce their bus fleet from 56 to 42.
Having less transportation for the program and paying the teachers less does worry Codling and others, but she says they'd rather make cuts than eliminate areas altogether.
Unfortunately, Codling says they do have to do that as well. Ten disability aides as well as three family service worker positions will be eliminated but they'll be training teachers and working with referral agencies to make sure those students still receive the same amount of care.
Codling says they'll also lower their enrollment for Head Start by 70 children and take in 20 less kids in the Early Head Start Program starting in August, when most of these changes are set to take place.
The furlough days, however will go into effect starting in April with one a month until January.
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