SCC’s budget review process is almost over, and the administration has announced a total of $2.38 million proposed budget reductions.
The $2.38 million figure exceeds the $1.9 million touted by the administration late last year, which they attribute to an even further decline in enrollment.
The majority of the proposed cuts come from reductions in full-time and part-time faculty positions, classified staff and executive positions.
The Board of Trustees (BOT) approved the administration’s recommendation to cut a full-time faculty position from the engineering program, citing a steep decline in enrollment in said program as the rationale behind their decision. Classified staff and administrative staff will lose three and five positions, respectively. Currently, there are nine vacant classified staff positions, and one vacant position in administrative staff.
However, full time staff will also see three new positions filled. Part time staff will gain 7.25 full time equivalents, and administrative staff will gain 1.5.
In total, full-time faculty will net two more positions, while classified will net 4.75 fewer full time equivalents and admin 4.5.
Financially speaking, the cuts to part-time, full-time, classified staff and executive positions constitutes about $1.1 million of the $2.3 million in reductions that the administration is proposing.
The rest of the cuts come in the shape of reductions in areas like utilities, travel, and training for staff.
At the Jan. 22 BOT meeting, both the BOT and SCC President Cheryl Roberts faced criticism from union representatives and the general public.
Erik Hamako, SCC Federation of Teachers President and Paúl Fernández, Washington Federation of State Workers Chief Shop Steward for SCC demonstrated their concerns to the BOT and administration, again pleading for more transparency and for the board to hold off on reductions.
Senior Accounting Professor and former SCCFT Treasurer Brad Fader also shared retroactive concerns regarding SCC’s finances:
“Decreasing enrollment does not explain the deficit spending,” Fader said about SCC’s declining net position for the last six years. “The rate of overspending increased for each of the five years before the drop in enrollment.”