GAMBIER — Monday evening Gambier Village Council heard about budget cuts for Head Start as well as an initial proposal on energy aggregation. Additional business items included a brief fire department update, a debate over a sidewalk project, a contract for a new soccer field and the creation of a community garden.
The council also heard that the meeting would be the last attended by Councilman Noble Jones. Jones is moving to Georgia and the council will discuss appointing someone to complete his term.
Knox County Head Start Director Peg Tazewell attended the meeting because they operate a classroom and office in the Gambier Community Center. However, Tazewell reported that as a result of federal sequestration, their program has suffered a $138,000 cut.
“We are trying to absorb the sequestration cuts,” stated Tazewell, “But we are not going to reduce any services to children. We’re trying to keep on serving the over 282 Head Start and Early Head Start children that we serve in the county, but we tried to figure out how to do that and be able to cut $138,000. So we’re actually eliminating the Head Start classroom in this building and we’re increasing the size of our classrooms in other locations.”
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