Monday, March 14, 2016

John A. Logan College Board approves layoffs - SARAH HALASZ GRAHAM, THE SOUTHERN

After more than four hours of deliberation, The John A. Logan Board of Trustees approved 55 faculty and staff layoffs. The trustees voted in favor of the layoffs with a 7-1 vote, the lone dissenting vote belonging to student trustee Brandi Husch. More than 300 people packed the Carterville-based college’s O’Neil Auditorium during the marathon meeting. After all the seats were filled, attendees lined up against the wall and overflowed into the foyer outside. Board members heard comments from more than three dozen students, former students, faculty, staffers and community members, many of whom used their 3 to 5 minutes at the mic to advocate for the educators who changed their lives -- and whose jobs hang in the balance.

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