Budget cuts for Head Start

Federal sequestration means that the Minot Head Start must trim 5.27 percent from next year’s budget.

“We’ve just trimmed as much as we could,” director Cheryl Ekblad told the Minot Public School Board on Tuesday.

Initially she had thought the cuts would be merely 5 percent and then found out that 5.27 percent must be cut from the budget.

The budget cuts will mean the loss of one Head Start classroom of 14 students, plus the salaries for a teacher and an assistant teacher. Other cuts are being made to four Early Headstart home-based slots. There will also be cuts to a program that helps pay for medical and dental visits.

Ekblad said she hopes it won’t be long before the program will be able to restore the cut positions.

The school board approved the budget amendments Ekblad asked for.

Andrea Johnson