50 Ways to Cut Your Budget

“Make a New Plan, Stan”



When I read a posted an item Friday in The Kansas City Star’s Prime Buzz, I recalled that old song from Paul Simon, “50 Ways to Leave Your Lover.”

The posting listed 14 of the more than 50 items JCCC is considering cutting “in an attempt to find about $4 million in budget cuts.”

However at the Board of Trustees monthly meeting Feb. 19, JCCC President Terry Calaway said the college is facing $6 million in cuts. The article also intimates a possible tuition increase. Well, we already know that’s true. Starting in fall 2009 tuition for credit courses will rise more than six percent per credit hour for Johnson County residents.

The proposed cuts and adjustments include:

  • increasing fees at the college’s childcare center  — this is where students and employees seek daycare
  • outsourcing campus services like food service and the bookstore — both employ students
  • “elimination of several full-time positions, including some that are currently vacant” — eliminating positions, ’nuff said.

Any cuts or adjustments to the budget must protect the college’s quality of education and institutional integrity. Trustees and the administration must find 50 ways to cut the budget that also support students…


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