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  • Title I cuts:
    Local schools like Camdenton receive Title 1 funds. Any building with more than 40% of the student population on free or reduced lunches are eligible for the funds.
    Camdenton R-III district has four buildings that receive Title 1 aid. Hurricane Deck, Dogwood, Hawthorne and Oak Ridge all see benefits from these funds.  
    Title 1 provides support in math and reading education. Reading Recovery is a program provided by Title 1 for first grade students. Title 1 Reading specialists also assist other grades. In recent years, math has been added to the program.
    Sequestration and federal budget cuts mean that funds like Title 1 could also see cuts.
    "We have had minimal information from the state," Dr. Brian Henry said.  "I think they are talking that in the state of Missouri, there will be a five percent decrease of federal funds."
    According to Henry, it is unclear if Camdenton will see a cut in federal funding. Statewide budgets could be cut, but then it is up to the state level to decide how the funds are divided among districts.
    Henry said it is clear that cuts will happen but is unsure on how severe the impacts will be.
    For Eldon, it seems like it may be a different story. Superintendent Matt Davis says he already knows the amount the district will see cut from Title 1 funds.
    "The Eldon School District will have $25,000 less in Title 1 funds.  I have not seen any information on how the budget cuts will affect our Breakfast and Lunch programs," Davis said.
    Loss of ICE funds:
    Although there has been no word from federal law enforcement and what changes will be made, Morgan County Sheriff Jim Petty is anxious to find out what happens next. Petty's concern is for the Morgan County Jail where the revenue from  detainees being held for the federal government helps the county offset the cost of operating and maintaining the facility.
    Petty said so far the Morgan County Sheriff's Office hasn't been notified of or seen any changes in its housing of Immigration & Customs Enforcement detainees due to the sequester but that is one program that could feel the impact.
    Loss of FEMA funds:
     Miller County officials are watching what happens to federal dollars, in particular the Federal Emergency Management Agency. For the last two years,  a FEMA employment program has been providing resources for the road and bridge department to assist with flood damage on county roads.
    County officials said they would be hard pressed to put a number to it but the program has saved the county a considerable amount of money. After heavy rains and flooding, the crew repairs damage and hammers out rock drainage ditches, allowing the county to focus their resources on other projects.
    Page 2 of 2 - Loss of that program could cost the county thousands of dollars funneled into road and drainage repairs.

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