CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. -- The Pennsylvania budget impasse has prompted the executive director of Franklin County Head Start to lay off 12 full-time employees and cut 90 enrollment positions for children.
Franklin County Head Start Inc. operates the Fannett-Metal and Chambersburg Area school districts' pre-kindergarten programs. Neither will open Aug. 31 because of state leaders' failure to pass a budget and start funding for 2009-10, according to Director Carol Sutton.
Eighty-three children from Fannett-Metal and Chambersburg Area school districts will instead be placed in the other, federally funded Head Start program, Sutton said. So will seven pre-kindergarten children from outside Chambersburg and Fannett-Metal, she said.
This means 90 fewer spots will be available in the federally funded program for other 4-year-olds. Almost 300 children are served through those offerings.