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Program sees cuts

Head Start hit

June 27, 2013
By DAVE GOSSETT - Staff writer ( , The Herald-Star

STEUBENVILLE - The Jefferson County Community Action Council Head Start program will see a $94,625.83 reduction this fall because of the federal sequestration.

CAC Chief Executive Officer Barb West told the board of trustees Wednesday the local Head Start program has been advised the financial cuts will come in the form of the reduction of one bus driver, a four-week layoff of a data clerk and a food service staff member.

West said the Head Start director, operations director and administrative assistant were reduced from 40 hours a week to 36 hours a week.

"One education supervisor has been eliminated along with one cook. And the overall reduction of children in the Head Start program to 200 will mean a realignment of classrooms. The Steubenville site will have six classrooms, Adena will have two classrooms and Wintersville and Tiltonsville each will have one classroom in their facilities," said West.

She also said all Head Start students that attend the Steubenville site and have a Steubenville address will be transported by parents.

"The students living in the outlying area such as Toronto, Mingo Junction or Brilliant will be transported to the Steubenville site. Students who live in Tiltonsville and attend the Tiltonsville site will be transported to the school by their parents. Outlying area students will be transported by Head Start. The same will apply to students in Adena and outside of Adena," explained West.

In other matters, the trustees approved a $341,054.71 service agreement with the Jefferson County Department of Job and Family Services for adult and dislocated workers.

The board also approved a $179,702.72 service agreement with Jobs and Family Services for youth workers.

West said the program will provide tutoring, summer employment opportunities for 90 youth, occupational skill training and follow-up services.

An application to assume the lead role for the Workforce Investment program four-county area of Jefferson, Belmont, Harrison and Carroll was authorized by the trustees.

The board met in executive session following its regular meeting to discuss personnel.

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