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August 21, 2013

Pierpont deals with ‘unique challenge’

Fewer classes, drop in enrollment possible outcomes if state funding is cut

FAIRMONT — Fewer classes and a drop in enrollment are just two possible outcomes Pierpont Community & Technical College could be facing if state funding is cut next year.

During a meeting Tuesday at Veterans’ Square in downtown Fairmont, members of Pierpont’s Board of Governors discussed the ramifications of the possible 7.5 percent budget cut for state agencies in fiscal year 2015.

“The finance committee has their work cut out for them,” Dale Bradley, vice president for administration and finance, said.

President Dr. Doreen Larson said the institution was required to submit two appropriations request forms to the state: one at level funding for the year and another that reflects a 7.5 percent reduction.

A total of $500,000 was requested to support Pierpont’s efforts to establish independent infrastructures, in particular, the North Central Advanced Technology Center. Another $165,000 was requested in order to keep classified staff at the appropriate steps on the Mercer pay scale and address raises and promotions.

In addition to the funding requests, a document was included that described consequences the college would anticipate as a result of the budget reduction.


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