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Possible cuts to RSD Special Programs budget

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RICHLAND, Wash.--  School districts are nervous about the next round of cuts that could come from the Washington state legislature next year.  The Richland School District says it may lose more than a million dollars from its special programs budget.

Erich Bolz, Assistant Superintendent of Response to Intervention and Special Programs, says, "We fund a lot of the extra programs for students who need help with reading, with mathematics- all the way up to our high needs special education programs."

Because of losing federal stimulus money and cuts from the state., Bloat says, RSD may have to axe $1.5-million from the $13-million special programs budget.

Lolly Noble, a teacher at Carmichael Middle school, says, "I think you'd see a lot of teachers maybe more frustrated without having the additional help that these programs provide.  I just think you'd see children not having their needs met."

The possible $1.5-million cut is despite RSD having a little extra money left over from this school year.  "Although it might look like, to the observer, that we've done really well, what it will allow us to do is really mitigate the impact of the cuts that we know are coming," explains Bolz.  He says the goal is just to sustain current programs.