Federal government budget cuts required by the so-called “sequester” could impact the Evanston/Skokie District 65 school budget by about $300,000 this year, board members were told Monday night.

Comptroller Kathy Zalewski told the board’s Finance Committee that the state advised the district that all federal programs, except for the National School Lunch Program, are likely to be reduced by 5 percent.

This would amount to a reduction of about $276,000 for this fiscal year for District 65.

In addition, the district was expecting a rebate of interest payments in the federal government’s Build America Bonds program of about $335,000 that the Internal Revenue Service says will now be reduced by 8.7 percent, or about $30,000.

Zalewski said the administration is closely monitoring the situation and she promised to update the board as more information becomes available.

Charles Bartling

A resident of Evanston since 1975, Chuck Bartling holds a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University and has extensive experience as a reporter and editor for daily newspapers, radio...

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