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After school programs in jepardy

Monday, March 17, 2003

Budget decisions disappoint SL school leaders

Even as the White House proposes to cut future funding for after-school programs, Storm Lake education officials are facing the likelihood of cutting their popular after-school efforts at the middle school to a "skeleton" in order to keep it going for another year.

"Right now, we are looking at stopgap measures, probably a skeleton program next year with fewer outside activities," Middle School Principal Ron Bryan told the Pilot-Tribune.

It is unsure if current staffing levels can be retained, and much of the recreation elements of the program stand to be eliminated or cut sharply in order to retain the academic core of the program.

"It boils down to the dollars that we have available. We will do the best we can to keep it going with what we have," Bryan said.

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