With a $1.65 million reduction already announced, Shoreline Community College officials said Tuesday they’ll lengthen the timeline for the next budget-cutting phase: implementation.
“We have some flexibility,” SCC President Lee Lambert said at the March 16, 2010, meeting of the College Council. The Council and Lambert agreed to add a month to the comment and feedback period for the plan unveiled at a March 12 all-campus meeting. Originally, the idea was to gather feedback until the next all-campus meeting, April 2, but the new target date is April 30.
The extension proposal came from Gary Parks, Council member and faculty union representative. “It’s difficult to parse out a meaningful response (by April 2) with finals, then non-contract days and then week one of Spring Quarter,” Parks told the council. Classified union representative Paul Fernandez supported the request saying, “The classified union doesn’t meet until (April) 7, so this should be postponed.”
Lambert said allowing more time wasn’t a problem, as long as it gets used for review of the restructuring details and not the cuts. Lambert explained that faculty contract language means the reduction-in-force process needs about 60 days. With June 15 as the final contract day, RIF notices would need to start no later than April 15. While only one faculty RIF is planned, Lambert noted that a delay could push the process into Fall Quarter and potentially mean additional cuts.
If a change were needed, “We can always pull back,” Lambert said. “But we need to start on time.”
Classified employees in positions targeted for reduction may have bumping rights, potentially displacing less-senior classified workers, Lambert said. However, Fernandez said there would be “very little of that,” this year. Lambert acknowledged the comment, noting there are four potential layoffs of classified employees.
“I’m not too concerned that we couldn’t get things done by June 30,” Lambert said.
In the end, the Council voted to recommend a package of input-gathering moves, including:
April 2: All-campus meeting with the focus on presenting the restructuring plan as envisioned by the vice presidents.
April 2-30: Review and comment through a variety of venues, including the current committee and governance structure, anonymous comments collected by e-mail and comment box.
May 21: All-campus meeting for final budget and implementation presentation
May 26: Budget presentation to the Board of Trustees