CONVINGTON, Ind. (WLFI) - Robin Curry-Shumaker and Myra Rennick have nearly 55 years combined working in social services. They are used to cuts. But they said the most recent cuts may be the worst.
"[The worst] we have had in many, many, many years at least since the Regan Era," Rennick said.
"Those effects will basically carry over for up to about 10 years," Curry-Shumaker said.
Those effects are coming from sequester cuts to the state's Early Head Start program. The program is getting a 5 percent cut.
Curry-Shumaker is the director of the program in Covington. Her office serves seven counties including Benton, Fountain, Warren and Montgomery.
Rennick is the executive director of Community Action Program Incorporated of Western Indiana. It's the agency that runs the community's Head Start.
Rennick said she and her staff have to face the inevitable. Funding cuts will mean cuts in the classroom.
"That's always an option we'll have to cut those services, and we'll have to," Rennick said. "That's the only way we can cut $125,000 from our services."
Some cuts may be made to transportation. Head Start staff said they may narrow the routes where buses pick children up. They said no matter what the decision is, it's a losing situation.
"We do door-to-door [bus services] which is what we're mandated to do," Curry-Shumaker said. "You would hate to make cuts to insurance for staff. You kind of feel trapped."
Curry-Shumaker said she hopes to make cuts in other areas before cutting students from the roster.
No changes will be made this school year. The office does not receive its grant until July.
Feast of the Hunters' Moon has come and gone, but Wednesday night organizers said thank you.
Food Finders unveiled a new online fundraising challenge that could raise an additional $40,000 towards feeding the hungry.
It was almost a year ago when Frankfort Police Chief Troy Bacon asked residents to report anything suspicious they see, especially drugs.