Menominee Indian School District Braces For Cuts
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KESHENA-- About 900 students and nearly 100 teachers in the Menominee Indian school district will soon be forced to do more with less. The district will lose almost $330,000 from its general fund March 1st. The cuts are related to the sequester, a part of about $85 billion in spending cuts.
"You can only tighten the belt so much because you are going to start feeling the pressure and we're starting to feel it,” said superintendent Wendell Waukau.
Waukau says nearly $330,000 in federal aid will be stripped from the already cash –strapped district if Congress does not act.
"We understand that we have to reduce spending, but we can't do it on the backs' of kids," Waukau said.
The district hasn't yet decided just what will be cut, but everything is on the table, including cutting programs and laying off staff. District leaders say the decisions won’t be easy.