LCC Plans To Cut 30

By: Chris Sutter Email
By: Chris Sutter Email

A somber looking LCC President, Dr. Brent Knight on Thursday announces that he will recommend that 30 non-teaching positions be cut.

"Lansing Community College has a 9.3 million dollar budget deficit,"Knight says.

He says the combination of rising compensation and health insurance costs make it nearly impossible to get out of the budget gap without cutting someone.

LCC's plan suggests cutting some counselors, supervisors, and middle management, something some LCC employees say is inappropriate, irresponsible and down right dangerous for students.

"We believe this is going to impact how we deliver education, I mean that's what really gets us upset right now, we're doing this because we care about students," LCC teacher Ed Bryant explains.

He's just one of the protesters that find the school's reasoning especially hard to believe because the college is seeing what some call its better days.

"Enrollment is up, our students need services, and cutting people is not the way to provide services for the students. Michigan is trying to recover and you don't recover by laying off more people," Protester Cheryll Conklin says.

But Dr. Knight says when it comes down to it, he has to make a decision and he doesn't want it to hurt students.

"We are the people's college and we are determined not to raise tuition," Knight explains.

Still Bryant says that's baloney, and hopes tonight's open forum, opened the eyes of Lansing Community College's leaders.

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