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State Asks Freehold Schools to Budget Federal Grants at 75%

With March 1 sequester looming, district budgets are being drafted with decreased federal funding in mind.

With the sequester going into effect Friday, March 1, Freehold Borough and Freehold Township schools are budgeting the federal grants portion of their 2013-2014 district budget at 75 percent.

According to a White House announcement, New Jersey faces cuts close to $30 million as well as drastic cuts made to health care programs and environmental protection now that Congress failed to halt $85 billion in "sequestration" spending cuts.

Following the announcement, Freehold school business administrators explained that they do not know how the sequester could further impact their budgets.

“The state has asked us to budget our federal grants for 2014 at 75 percent of what they are for 2013,” said Freehold Township School Business Administrator Brian Boyle. “I really don't know if this will impact our operating budget.”

Freehold Borough schools are in a similar situation as township schools.

“We have budgeted our 2013-2014 federal funds at 75 percent of this year's funding. We have not yet made any adjustments to this year’s budget,” Freehold Borough Interim School Business Administrator Jim Strimple said.

Due to the sequester, New Jersey faces losing approximately $11.7 million in funding for primary and secondary education and about $17 million in funds for about 210 teachers, aides, and staff who help children with disabilities.

Richard Koping February 28, 2013 at 08:16 PM
Please re-read the last paragraph of this article and see if it makes any sense. "About", not "bout" and these should be "loss of" in there somewhere
john costelloe March 01, 2013 at 03:40 AM
$17 million for 210 teachers, aides and staff? That's about $81,000 per employee. Is that right? Also, a 25% reduction in federal funding doesn't sound right. From a Forbes article: To put it in more understandable dollar terms, 2013 defense spending would be cut by about $43 billion, or roughly 7 percent. Non-defense discretionary spending—the money for foreign aid and most federal agencies—would be cut about $29 billion, or roughly 5 percent. Mandatory spending would be cut by $13.9 billion off a base of more than $2 trillion, or 0.7 percent. Truth be told, the overall size of the spending cuts is not a big deal. If this is right, how does 5 percent turn in to 25%? Remember, the federal budget for 2013 is $3.8 Trillion. Of which we will borrow (yup, add to our $16.7 Trillion debt) $1.2 Trillion. The sequester cut for 2013 is $85 Billion ($0.085 Trillion) the majority of which comes out of the military. That is 2.2% of the 2013 budget and the non military portion of the sequester is about 1,1% of the budget. Is it just because there is actually a budget reduction that this is hyped? Spending hundreds of billions of borrowed dollars never seems to get this much attention.

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