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Sen. Sessions Talks Sequestration With Florence Educators

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FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) - Educators describe the past several years as a roller coaster with state mandated proration cuts, and now administrators are staring down the barrel of federal funding cuts to the tune of 9% courtesy of sequestration.

During a stop in Florence today, school leaders had the chance to talk with US Senator Jeff Sessions about their concerns.

Sequestration has become the new buzz word among education administrators over the last several weeks.

Florence Board of Education Superintendent Doctor Janet Womack says funding cuts on the federal level will have a tremendous impact on the system, “We stand to lose about five or six hundred thousand dollars in federal funding, that would happen immediately.”

During a visit to Forest Hills School Wednesday morning, Senator Jeff Sessions talked with Womack and other school leaders about his view on sequestration.

Sessions says the country is in a terrible financial situation, but the cuts don’t need to fall entirely on defense and education.

“Over half of the budget is not even receiving any cuts, so we really need to spread this out and get on a sound path,” explained Sessions. “But we cannot continue on the course we are on financially.”

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Doctor Womack says the Florence Board of Education has learned to be innovative and creative when it comes to teaching the students on a tight budget.

“We are just not willing to tell our parents to bring us another child in five years and maybe there will be enough money to do what we need to do, so your child will be prepared,” said Womack.

Womack added the school system is very fortunate to have the backing of city leaders during the recent funding shortfalls.

And Womack hopes that support by the city and community will get the school system through the latest rounds of cuts, if and when they hit.