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KC with 2.5 Million Dollar Shortfall To Make Up

August 24, 2016

Due to a lack of state funding and declining enrollment, among other factors, the Kaskaskia College Board will be dealing with around a $2.5 million shortfall in the tentative Fiscal Year 2017 budget presented to the Board of Trustees Monday night.

In the presentation, the Board was told that in the past 15 years, the school relied on 30-40% state funding.  In Fiscal Year 2015, Kaskaskia saw 33% funding by the state. That is expected to drop 63% loss over 2 years, or a loss of $12.6 million in aid.  State funding is expected to be at just 16% in the coming fiscal year.

The college’s budget problems are being compounded by a drop in enrollment.  Summer enrollment was down 2,051 credit hours or 23%, which equates to $305,000 in tuition and fees lost.  The Fall Semester is down 3,211 credit hours or 12% equating to a $478,000 loss.

Before the Tentative Budget was approved by the Board, Trustee Kelly Bennett amended it to reflect an additional $120,000 to be added to the already budgeted $80,000 for the colleges website to be rebuilt without objection.  Bennett stated that he thought it was also important to have measurables to better determine what will work and what will not when it comes to the new site and it’s content.  

The tentative budget was approved by the Board and will now be on display for 30 days ahead of a budget hearing set for September 26th at 6pm followed by a vote on the budget at the regularly scheduled meeting following at 6:30.  

In other matters, the Board approved the pre-filing election notice for nominating petitions for the trustee seats that will be up in the April consolidated election.  The board also authorized the Veterans Tribute Committee to move forward with the design, preperation of construction documents and quoting process for installation of concrete aprons surrounding the three new walls of the Tribute.  This construction will allow the tribute to be handicapped accessible.  It will be fully funded by Veterans Tribute donors, with no college funds will be expended.  

In personnel matters, the Board approved the resignation of head baseball coach Mitch Koester as well as the retirement of Dean of Nursing Dr. Janet Garretson, who has served the college for 27 years.  The Board also accepted the retirement of Professor of Early Childhood Tina Suarez.

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