A Message from Dr. Calaway about the budget
Jan. 27, 2011
The past few years have presented budget challenges unique in JCCC’s history. Until now we’ve weathered the economic downturn without much change in programs or operations. But we have now reached the point where that is no longer possible. As I told the board at tonight’s meeting, we need to institute changes – some immediate, some for next fiscal year – to reduce our expenditures.
JCCC’s senior leadership has been discussing the college’s programs and operations since December, looking at them not from the standpoint of what we can cut, but rather as to what are our priorities. The college’s strategic plan spells out what is important to us in terms of goals and initiatives – student success, culture and environment, community leadership and continuous quality improvement. (You can revisit JCCC’s plan at http://www.jccc.edu/institutional-operations/strategic-plan.html. ) We wanted to connect the college’s budget to our strategic priorities, so that we strongly support those programs that are at the core of our mission and start to phase out those that may not be the priorities they once were.
JCCC has the resources to do what we feel is most important. But we no longer will have the resources to support every single endeavor that we have in the past. Next year will be the third year in a row that we’ve faced reduced revenues from the state and the county. As county residents face their own budget challenges, we don’t want to cause them more hardship by raising the mill levy. Therefore, we’ve had to make some hard decisions now to help us get through the next few fiscal years. These decisions will affect not only programming but – for the first time – people. We’ve developed a plan that we believe will allow us to be good fiscal stewards while still achieving our strategic priorities. We propose cutting $6.2 million from the general fund budget. Of that, $1.2 million will be reallocated to our strategic priorities – teaching and student success. The cuts would be accomplished in this way:
- For the foreseeable future, we will freeze hiring for vacant positions paid through the general fund. Teaching faculty positions that come open will be filled, but other positions that come open may not. The college’s executive leadership will discuss each opening, and those that are to be filled would be posted internally and filled from within.
- Several vacant administrative and staff positions will be eliminated from the staffing table and will no longer exist at the college.
- There will be some layoffs, and some services will be outsourced.
- The college will cover some of its debt repayment through a surplus in the campus development fund instead of the general fund.
- We’ll cut $1.1 million in operational expenses from the general fund.
I know you have lots of questions. Therefore, I invite you to attend a Town Hall meeting at 2 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 3, in Yardley Hall where we can talk about the college’s budget in general, next year’s budget in particular and the challenges and opportunities that face us all.
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