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Monongalia County Superintendent: Sequester Could Cost Schools Up to $300,000

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MORGANTOWN -

The potential sequester could coast West Virginia Schools nearly $10 million. That's according to White House release.

The state could lose $5.8 million in funding for primary and secondary education, and $3.6 million in funding for teachers and staff who help children with disabilities.

Monongalia County Schools superintendent Frank Devono said the large-scale spending cuts could cost the school system up to $300,000.

Devono said the school system is planning for a potential seven to eight percent budget cuts in four areas: programs for low socioeconomic and special education students, as well as staff development and head start programs.

He said the cuts mean figuring out how best to serve students with fewer resources.

"The needs are still there. You still have to serve the students, still have to serve the schools, that hasn't changed. It's our ability to change, how we want to do that now in order to meet the needs of the students," Dr. Devono said.