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Sequestration Could Hurt Lower Valley Schools

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WAPATO, Wash.-- With only a few more days until across the board spending cuts kick in and still no action by congress, some school districts in our area are bracing for big cuts.

Several lower valley districts including Toppenish, Mount Adams and Wapato all receive a lot of federal dollars because of their location on and around the Yakama Nation Reservation.

In fact, the Wapato School District says it receives about $7-million from the federal government, which covers about 25% of their total budget.

District officials say if that money is cut, they'll likely have to reduce the number of support programs for students, like extra reading and math courses and even professional development for their teachers.
"As all districts have, we've already tightened our belts and made substantial cuts because of the state situation. So now, we're dealing with the federal aspect of this issue," said Wapato School District Superintendent Becky Imler.

This isn't the first time these districts have had their backs up against the wall either.

You might remember fiscal cliff talks from a few months ago. Well, the same cuts were possible then too, but Superintendent Imler says the district has been taking precautions to make sure students still get the quality education they deserve. Regardless of what congress ends up doing.