Lake Tahoe Community College budget cuts could come at year-end |

Lake Tahoe Community College budget cuts could come at year-end

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE – If Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger gets his way, Lake Tahoe Community College will need to cut $362,346 from its budget for the current fiscal year, which ends in two weeks.

The governor’s current budget proposal includes cuts to LTCC’s 2008-09 budget and $1.3 million for the 2009-10 school year, according to a statement from LTCC.

Since LTCC’s fiscal year ends June 20, most of the $362,346 proposed budget reductions to the 2008-09 school year have already been spent.

The proposal hasn’t been approved by the legislature yet, but LTCC is already taking precautions.

“California Community Colleges have a broad-based mission,” LTCC President Paul Killpatrick said in statement. “But in times of fiscal crisis, our institution needs to focus in on the primary missions of transfer preparation, career training and basic skills.”

The governor’s budget reductions would come out of the following areas: basic skills, Cooperative Agencies Resources for Education, counseling, placement and assessment, disabled students programs and services, instructional equipment, part-time faculty compensationm and scheduled maintenance, according to the statement.

LTCC’s College Council, which consists of faculty, classified staff, administration and students, will meet to formulate a recommendation for Killpatrick and board of trustees. A member of the board of trustees is invited to come to each meeting and view the process, according to the statement.

The council also decided to meet through the summer, something it normally doesn’t do, said LTCC Spokewoman Christina Proctor.

The college does have some support in place. The LTCC Foundation will discuss how it might change its support role for the college, said Melonie Guttry, LTCC Foundation executive director.

Currently the foundation offers scholaships for students, and this year is giving away $30,000 in scholarships, Guttry said.

The foundation also offers program support for the college, such as helping purchase science equipment or funding staff development.

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