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August 11, 2013

Clinton Community College submits trimmed down budget

PLATTSBURGH — Clinton Community College officials have presented a trimmed-down budget for the 2013-14 academic year, showing about $600,000 in cuts.

The spending plan eliminates 11 full-time positions and institutes a tuition hike.

“We made some tough decisions, and we didn’t take them lightly, but in the long run, we thought they were required,” CCC President John Jablonski told Clinton County legislators at their recent Finance Committee meeting.

REQUEST UP 3.6%

The college is looking for a 3.6 percent increase in funding from the legislature, adding $89,788 for a total cost of $2,554,828.

The rest of the money for CCC’s proposed $15 million budget comes from student tuition, state aid and payments from other counties that send students to the college.

Jablonski said that although state-aid contributions for the coming school year are up by $136,727 (3.6 percent), the school is still trying to recover from a 21 percent drop in state aid that occurred in 2009.

LOWER ENROLLMENT

Because enrollment figures are also expected to level off due to smaller class sizes at area high schools, the budget includes an expected drop in student revenue of about $303,000.

Projections figure on 1,188 full-time students in 2013-14, down from 1,269.

To address shortfalls in revenue, the school has cut about $602,000 in personnel costs. The college offered an early retirement incentive this year that helped reduce the staff by five.

The school also retrenched several positions last fall, leaving some spots open that will not be filled.

In another cost-savings move, non-union management confidential staff would not receive a raise for the second straight year.

TUITION UP $140

Tuition for full-time students would go up 3.6 percent for a total cost of $3,960, an increase of $140 from the current year.

The budget would not use any money from the fund balance, slated to be $903,993 or 6.63 percent of net operating costs. The state recommends a fund balance of between 5 and 15 percent of operating costs.

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