PLATTSBURGH — Clinton Community College is looking to layoffs as a means of balancing its 2013-14 operating budget.
During a recent meeting with the Press-Republican Editorial Board, CCC President John Jablonski said the school anticipates the need to reduce expenses for the next academic year by $600,000 and, to do so, could eliminate up to nine faculty and staff positions.
“We are dealing with some financial pressure, some financial challenges,” he said.
Plans for reorganizing next fall’s staffing structure have been made now, as some employee unions require that workers be notified of 2013-14 changes by Dec. 31 of this year.
However, Jablonski said, Clinton Community is in talks with its Faculty Association to see if any concessions could be made to minimize the layoffs.
”It might help to save some jobs,” he said, noting that it was a difficult decision to consider layoffs.
The college employs 136 full-time faculty and staff, 29 part-time staff and 80 part-time faculty.
Costs related to employee salaries, wages and benefits, according to Jablonski, account for 85 percent of the institution’s annual operating budget.
“Members of the Faculty Association leadership have been researching issues related to college expenditures and potential layoffs and have met with the administration on a number of occasions,” Faculty Association President Catherine K. Eloranto said in a statement on Friday.
“Any further comment at this time would be premature.”
LOSS OF REVENUE
The school’s need to reduce spending for next school year, Jablonski said, is the result of a shortage in revenue, primarily caused by reductions in state aid.
Clinton Community’s main revenue sources are New York state, Clinton County and tuition paid by students.
The traditional formula for community colleges is that 40 percent of the school’s operating budget comes from the state. Students are expected to provide 33.3 percent of revenues and the county, 26.7 percent.