Cloquet, MN (NNCNOW.com) - Five full–time K-12 employees at the Fond du Lac Ojibwe School are without jobs due to federal sequestration.
The Bureau of Indian Education cut eight percent from the school's budget that resulted in Fond du Lac school officials eliminating a science coach, a media specialist, a school counselor, special education teacher and a psychologist.
The cuts are being made to make up for the loss of $410K in federal funding.
These reductions in staff are in addition to three other teachers who have been cut to part–time hours and two unfilled support staff positions.
According to Fond du Lac Ojibwe School leaders, this is the first time layoffs of this magnitude have happened and will result in class size adjustments.
"These cuts just feel really deep because we already tried to run as lean of a machine as we could. This will increase class sizes to a minor level. We are still, I think, below other school districts, given the importance of getting our kids up to parody," Chairman Karen Diver, Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, said.
Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa officials will apply for state grants and partnerships and consider drawing from gaming revenue to alleviate the school's financial concerns.
Chairman Diver says the health and human services department at Fond du Lac has announced $500K in cuts as well...but Diver says the majority of the funding at the area clinics comes from insurance billing and she is not anticipating more layoffs.
Justin Reis, NNC.