The tentative budget being sent to the board projects
Last year, the college operated on a
"One of the biggest challenges the college has faced financially is that it makes it really difficult for the faculty and staff to focus on our main mission," board president
The district, which serves the
And after receiving
"It's the largest deferred maintenance allocation the district has received in 10 years," Nelson said. "It's very widely needed, between the facilities department and for the individual student programs on the campuses, for their equipment needs."
Despite a dip in the number of college employees, the bulk of the increased revenue will go toward salaries and benefits, which account for 87 percent of the budget's expenses. The district will be contributing more to retirement programs, medical benefits and staff salaries, and it is in negotiations with the faculty union over a new contract.
The rest of the budget increase will go mostly toward operating expenses, such and water and electricity bills, which Nelson estimates to increase by 5 percent from last year.
The district employed 354 people last year. But many of them took advantage of an incentive-laden retirement package offered by the district, initially dropping the number to 315. College officials did not have the total number of employees immediately as classes started Monday, but 19 recent hires brings the number to at least 334.
Census numbers aren't in yet for the fall semester, but college officials expect the student body to continue its decline in numbers. Last fall, the two campuses enrolled 6,620 students, including 1,600 full-time. In fall 2009, enrollment was at 7,460, including 1,174 full-time, according to college records.
The meeting is
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