Board Approves Personnel Recommendations at Special Meeting
March 3, 2016
STEVE O'KEEFE, Ed.D
The John A. Logan College Board of Trustees has approved a plan to address a projected $9 million budget shortfall brought on by declining enrollment and credit hour production as well as the ongoing budget crisis in Springfield.
State of Illinois funding for Fiscal Year 2016 (July 1, 2015 – June 30, 2016) was anticipated to be $11 million, or about 30% of total budget needs. As of March 2, 2016 John A. Logan College has not received any funding from the state of Illinois for FY 16. While the actions taken tonight are regrettable they are part of an overall plan to address a projected $9 million budget deficit by June 2017.
As a result earlier this week, 55 John A. Logan College employees received reduction in force notifications. The reduction included 27 tenured faculty, 8 non-tenured faculty, 15 non-teaching professional staff, and 5 teamsters. Faculty reductions go into effect at the conclusion of the spring semester on May 31, with staff reductions taking effect on June 30.
“Eliminating positions is a difficult decision and one we do not take lightly. These are dedicated and valued people and we appreciate their contributions to this College,” said College President Ron House. “All of these individuals are in good standing and it is our hope that we will be able to recall them if the budget impasse is resolved.”
House added that the objective throughout the budget crisis is to maintain John A. Logan College as a comprehensive community college that continues to offer a wide variety of programs and opportunities to the people of the John A. Logan College district.
“Our mission and purpose has been and will continue to be to provide our students with the highest quality educational opportunities,” said House. “We will continue to work to cut spending and increase revenue while continuing to offer the people of southern Illinois the level of high quality education and service that John A. Logan College is known for throughout the state and nation.
"We are a diverse learning and teaching community committed to improving individual life and society through high-quality, accessible educational programs and engaged learning opportunities."
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