In addition, Kim told the board she was surprised to hear that Alphonso was slated to lose her job at the school, as she is loved by her students and is the only person on campus certified to teach the classes she does.
“I’ve never known of anyone more professional and passionate with her work and commitment for her students.
“Mrs. Alphonso’s classes are always full,” Kim said. “This clearly tells me the demand and need for her class is big and the person teaching it is effective and respected in her field by students, colleagues and community.”
Several individuals also voiced concerns that laying off Burcroff, who serves as faculty adviser to the college’s Art Club, would deny many future students access to valuable art education.
”It is disheartening that there is a possibility that these art courses may not be an option for future Clinton Community College students,” said Ashley Lester, vice president of the school’s Art Club.
Adjunct Humanities Instructor Judith Corigliano also spoke on Burcroff’s behalf, telling the board she has seen the Humanities Department grow and flourish in her time at the college, partly as a result of Burcroff’s “unselfish vision.”
And as a result of the Art Club, she said, students at the college have had the valuable opportunities like being able to visit major museums.
When the public-comment portion of the meeting came to an end, Chairperson of the Board of Trustees Nina Coolidge thanked those who spoke for expressing their thoughts and caring about the college.
”Your board of trustees that are sitting here this evening are people who care about it as well,” she said.
Coolidge noted that reductions in state aid and declining enrollment have limited the college’s sources of income, which has been difficult.