Monday, April 3, 2017

College board faces tough decisions over state cuts - Kevin Carbery, the Leader

In anticipation of $1.5 million in state funding cuts over the next 15 months, the Jefferson College Board of Trustees is considering massive slashes to the current year’s and next year’s operating budgets, as well as dipping deeply into reserve funds. Board members are talking about possibly closing the pool at the college’s Hillsboro campus, freezing salaries, shuttering the satellite library at the Arnold campus and increasing student tuition, among an array of options. Budget-bolstering measures are under immediate consideration for the end of the fiscal year 2017 budget and for a proposed fiscal year 2018 budget that got a first reading from the board on March 9. Board members emphasized, however, that changes could be made before they take a final reading and vote at their April 13 meeting.

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