In an interview with KSN, Vann detailed Bright Futures USA's plans:
"We feel the work we do is important, so we will find a way to support those communities throughout the state of Missouri that are currently affiliated with Bright Futures," said Kim Vann, Bright Futures U.S.A. Executive Director.
She says the organization will continue to work with school districts in rural parts of Missouri to kick start their Bright Futures programs, but not as quickly as they originally planned.
"At this point, we're still evaluating how it would affect the organization over the course of the year, we're in the first quarter of our fiscal year, it will definitely cause us to change our strategy," Vann explained.
Despite the short fall, Vann says the three full time employees and one part time employee of the non for profit organization will still stay on the payroll, including former Joplin superintendent, Dr. C.J. Huff.
In a recent Joplin Globe article, Vann said the $150,000 cut eliminated 30 percent of the organization's budget. If that is the case, then somehow BFUSA has managed to find another quarter of a million dollars since its federal income tax form 990 filed in February shows it only received $250,000 total during that year, with 60 percent of it coming from Missouri taxpayers.