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Education: Board asks Congress to spare schools from cuts

The “fiscal cliff” that will result if federal tax rates rise and budget cuts kick at the start of 2013 will cost the Georgetown County School District $500,000 to $650,000 out of a $74.6 million operating budget.

Those will be felt in the school year that starts next August, said Lisa Johnson, the district finance director. And the lost revenue could be higher as the federal budget cuts impact funding the district receives from the state.

The school board last week adopted a resolution this week calling on Congress to amend the budget cuts to preserve education funding.

“This isn’t an original idea,” Superintendent Randy Dozier said.

The National School Boards Association has asked all its members to adopt the resolutions.

“It’s important to keep those federal dollars,” Dozier said.

The resolution passed unanimously and without discussion.

The $1.2 trillion in cuts are included in a 2011 act that was passed in a deal to raise the federal debt limit and would cut education funding by 8.2 percent.

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