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Fees going up at LTCC

Sara Thompson / Tahoe Daily Tribune

Starting fall quarter, Lake Tahoe Community College will raise its fees from $13 per credit to $17 per credit.

For a full-time student taking 15 credits per quarter, that adds up to a $60 increase per quarter, or $180 for the three quarters in a school year.

The fee increase is a result of the California state budget, which will cut an additional $186,000 from the college’s budget for the 2008-09 fiscal year, and a $370,000 general apportionment reduction for the 2009-10 fiscal year.

Besides the apportionment, LTCC will also be receiving less funding for other departments, such as maintenance, instructional equipment and counseling, said college spokeswoman Christina Proctor.

The college has given 45-day notices to three full-time classified staff members: the food services director, the business services assistant and the assistant to the president’s assistant.

Other positions that are open are not going to be refilled, except for the open vice president of business services position, Proctor said.

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Students will also notice the reduced course offerings, Proctor said. Not as many adjunct faculty members will be hired, so there will be fewer courses in physical education and recreation.

The minimum class-size requirement also increased from eight students to 10 students, Proctor said.

As for Lake Tahoe Unified School District, the details of the state’s approved budget are still being sorted out, LTUSD Chief Financial Officer Debra Yates said.

The language is vague, and Yates said the state’s first school district budget workshop isn’t until Aug. 20.