With hundreds of acres fallowed by lack of water, fewer workers will be needed for the fields and fewer families will be coming to the Central Valley. As the ripples spread out, other ag-centered services and retail businesses will also be affected. All this means fewer children arriving to fill their usual seats, and a funding dilemma for schools, said State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson in Merced this week. Merced Sun-Star reporter Doane Yawger covered the story. Torlakson said he woud used his emergency powers to help schools weather the drought if attendance dries up, they need deeper wells or must pay more for school meals and milk. The Merced County Office of Education will coordinate applications for Merced County.