“The cost of instruction at this educational institution has been flat-lined for the last three budgets,” she said.
Jablonski told the Press-Republican the cost of the college’s faculty salaries, not including benefits, was $4,167,445 in 2009 and $4,805,359 in 2012, marking an increase of approximately 15 percent.
The cost of benefits for those same faculty members, he said, was $1,538,742 in 2009 and $2,178,440 in 2012, an increase of approximately 42 percent.
The total cost of instruction, Jablonski noted, is represented by the sum of faculty salaries and faculty benefits. Therefore, the cost of instruction in 2012 is approximately $1.3 million greater than it was in 2009.
At the meeting, CCC professor of social and behavioral sciences June Foley questioned why it was reported to the board on Jan. 6 that the college’s projected remaining fund balance for Aug. 31, 2013, would be $1,406,798, while it was reported to the college community on Jan. 23 that the school expected to have $722,218 in fund balance remaining by that same date.
“As a part of the effort to help the college in these dire financial times, I and many other faculty members are trying to understand the college’s actual fiscal situation,” Foley told the board. “This effort has been made difficult by widely varying projections such as these.”
Jablonski told the Press-Republican the Jan. 23 report was, in fact, a projection of what fund balance would remain on Aug. 31, 2013, while the Jan. 6 report covered “the financial activity of the college for the first four months of the academic year; that would be September through December. It did not reflect projected activity for the remaining eight months, January through August.”
INPUT CALLED LACKING
Multiple faculty members said during the meeting that Jablonski made important decisions regarding the college without the input of CCC’s Strategic Planning Committee.
“He should have approached the committee in October of 2009 to ask how the college should best respond to the twin challenges of declining state aid and a declining high-school student population in Clinton County,” Foley said.