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April 3, 2013

CCC restores four teaching positions

Money, positions saved as 5 take early retirement

PLATTSBURGH — Clinton Community College will restore the positions of all four teaching faculty who were tagged for layoff in 2013-14.

Assistant professors Ian Burcroff, Sami Jeskanen and Michael Zerrahn and associate professor Angela Alphonso will return to their classrooms this fall despite being among the 10 college employees notified last November that their positions had been cut due to an anticipated $600,000 budget gap.

EARLY RETIREMENTS

The restorations, which are expected to be ratified by the CCC Board of Trustees at its April meeting, were made possible by five senior faculty members who recently accepted an early-retirement incentive.

The net savings associated with the five retirements is $398,824.

The incentive provides retirees with various amounts of cash, depending on their years of service, according to Clinton Community President John Jablonski.

“As a result of the retirement incentive, we’re able to bring back those four individuals and the four positions that they hold.

“It’s a really good example about how we came to mutual gain, a win-win situation, for the faculty and the college,” he said.

One of the retirees will be replaced at an introductory salary, according to Jablonski, while four of the vacated positions will be filled on a part-time basis.

SAVING JOBS

Those who accepted the retirement offer, according to CCC Faculty Association President Catherine Eloranto, did not previously have plans to retire at the end of this year.

“The reason they did retire was not for the money but for the fact that it would save their colleagues’ jobs,” she said.

Eloranto, who proposed the incentive to the college’s board and administration in February, said she worked very hard to come up with a plan that would be appealing to all parties involved.

That proposal was approved by the board at its March meeting.

“It’s been a very positive dialogue over the past several weeks that we’ve had with the Faculty Association,” said Jablonski, who added that Eloranto’s leadership has been instrumental throughout the process.

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