It is up to the Board of Trustees to put things in order before Dr. Lori Gaskin takes over as SBCC president the first of July.
The budget for the next year will be finalized weeks from now, by June 15, 2012.
The summer session was not cancelled this year. However, eliminating next summer session, a 50-percent reduction of 12 vocational programs, and other class reductions are possibilities.
A grassroots group of nonpartisan students and community members hope to keep cuts as far from these programs and core classes as possible.
The newer members of the board of trustees, who ran on a platform of transparency, have failed to improve relationships between the community it serves and the college. The college was placed on accreditation probation due to numerous violations by several members. We want the politics off the board and the “community” put back in our community college.
The next trustee meetings are May 10 at 4 p.m. in the MacDougall Administration Center (East Campus) and May 24 at 4 p.m. in Administration Building, Room 211. At the beginning of meetings, members of the public may speak on any subject under the board’s jurisdiction. The time is now to work together on this.