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PASCO, Wash. -- Columbia Basin College has made more cuts after losing $1.5 million in state funding. Now we learn up to 100 classes could also be on the chopping block. School leaders do not know which classes could be cut yet, they say they will make those decisions closer to the fall term.
As of now, the Assistant Athletic Director position has been cut and the Special Projects Director had her salary cut in half, but a private donor is paying the rest. A position in the business office has also been cut. These cuts are saving nearly $160,000; four hundred thousand dollars will be raised with tuition increases.
Wednesday, CBC President, Rich Cummins told staff about the cuts. Before the meeting, he was hopeful the school will remain strong.
"This is a community college and we rise and fall with the tide of the community; a lot of boats are low right now. Businesses are struggling, families are struggling, the community college is struggling. That's just the nature of the college right now," said Cummins.
In all, the university cut nearly $1.8 million and only needed to cut 1.6 million. Cummins says he did so because the state ways and means committee is expecting even larger budget gaps in the future, meaning these cuts are just the beginning for the college.