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Highland College Trustees Approve 2009 Budget

Highland College Trustees Approve 2009 Budget

Highland Community College Trustees held a budget work session on Tuesday, September 16 prior to adopting the fiscal year 2008-2009 budget during the regular meeting. The College operating budget totals $13.6 million, which reflects a $280,402 deficit for FY09. The shortfall will be offset by a fund balance of $372,909 from FY08. funny cartoon pictures

�The budget maintains a fund balance in the Operational Funds of about 15% of expenditures, which is within the guidelines required. One of the most critical challenges we face is the continuing decline in state funding,� said Vice President of Administrative Services Jill Janssen. funny pictures

The College received a reduction in state funding of $133,000 from the amount received in FY 08. For FY 2009, state support will total 22% of the revenue while local taxes will account for 47%; Student tuition and fees accounts for approximately 28% of the remaining revenue.

Trustees continue to be concerned about decreasing state funding for community colleges. College President Dr. Joe Kanosky attended an Illinois Community College Board Budget and Finance Committee hearing in Peoria on September 8 to share testimony about the impact of the decline in state funding for community colleges. funny images

In other business, Trustees approved:

the submission of a new Wind Turbine Technician Certificate to the Illinois Community College Board (ICCB). funny photos

the submission of an application to the ICCB for a Protection, Health and Safety project for the installation of a campus-wide public address and intercom system.

a partnership agreement with Western Illinois University, which will allow students to transfer up to 80 credit hours and complete their Board of Trustees/Bachelor of Arts program through online or independent study options.

the appointment of Bob Wiederholtz as manager of Custodial Services. Wiederholtz had previously served as the College�s Receiving/Shipping/Warehouse Clerk.

The addition of vision care expense benefits to the College�s Health Care Plan.

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