Lewiston school district students and staff will feel federal cuts

LEWISTON, ID - The Federal budget cuts are hitting close to home according to Lewiston Independent School District No. 1 Superintendent Dr. Joy Rapp.

Rapp said the school district is expecting anywhere from $100,000 to $150,000 in federal funding cuts that are going to affect the 2013 to 2014 school year. Federal programs that are likely to see massive cuts include special education assistance programs, Title One student assistance programs, which offer free and reduced lunch rates to students who need it, and the teacher quality improvement program. The pre-school program will see modest cuts, but they're cuts nonetheless.

"Cutting programs for children, especially those with the highest needs, isn't anything that anyone would look forward to or welcome," said Rapp.

Rapp said that due to the recession, any cuts that come in, whether they're local, state or federal are felt greatly amongst the students and staff.