Fort Valley State University has submitted a cost-cutting plan to the Board of Regents that includes layoffs and program cuts.
Vice President Canter Brown said Friday he cant discuss details of the plan until it is approved by the regents. However, he said it seeks $3.8 million in cuts in order to meet a 5-percent cut in state funding.
We want to provide details to our own employees just as soon as possible, Brown said.
The layoffs proposed would only impact temporary and probationary employees, he said. It would also leave some vacant positions unfilled. It also includes some program cuts, but no academic programs would be affected.
He expects the Board of Regents will ask final questions about the plan next week, but its uncertain when the board might act because other colleges in the state have submitted similar plans in order to deal with the same cuts.
Fort Valley State has a state budget of about $20 million, but its total annual budget is about $70 million when including federal funding for the agricultural school as well as research grants.
School President Larry Rivers discussed the proposed cuts in a meeting with faculty and administrators Thursday, Brown said.
Also contributing to the funding cuts is that school enrollment dropped about 10 percent in the past year, Brown said.
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