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If the federal government does not meet the Friday deadline to stop sequester cuts, the Batavia City School District will experience a 5 to 8 percent reduction in funding.

Superintendent Chris Dailey says the budget cuts could result in losses of $75,927.40 to $121,283.84 for the district which would lead to staff reductions.

The funds are used for AIS (Academic Intervention Services) in both math and English as well as special education. Dailey says the cuts would hurt valuable programs that assist the children who need the most services.

“It’s very scary because New York state still isn’t providing public schools with the level of funding that they did in 2009-10,” Dailey said. “On top of that now, the federal government is pulling out money that they give to schools that have students that are at or below the poverty rate and we are one of the districts that have a high percentage of that. They’re taking money away to help our highest needs kids in a political game.”

Dailey says the best way to take action is to contact our local U.S. lawmakers. Also, there is a rally planned at GeneseoHigh School which the Batavia District is participating in. To reserve a spot on the transportation shuttle or more information on the event, call the district office.

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