If this is going on here, it must be happening throughout the state and in other states with buget woes.
This article was in our local paper yesterday (bold emphasis added by me):
Cabrillo College's Board of Trustees will get down to the business of cutting services, courses and programs at its meeting tonight.
The move comes after community colleges across the state were told last week that an additional $38 million is being cut from their budgets for the 2002-03 school year, even before the Legislature gets to agree on any mid-year cuts, according to the Community College League of California.
Campuses were already making $211 million in cuts this school year.
The cuts are a result of lower property tax collections and it's money the governor said in January the state will not replace, the league said.
As a cost-saving method, Cabrillo's board may opt to reduce or discontinue staffing in 19 kinds of services, including:
Disabled student programs and services;
Learning Skills program;
Teaching and Learning Center;
Foster Kinship Care;
To reduce the need for layoffs, the board will consider discontinuing the recruiting process for six positions it agreed to hire in an attempt to meet the state-imposed need for a 75-25 full-time, part-time faculty ratio.
The board also could offer its senior employees the option of retiring early from April 1 through June 1. Employees taking the college up on this offer would get two extra years of service credit. Seventeen employees have agreed to take the "Golden Handshake."