Howard Community College is eliminating five positions, including the college athletic director's job and two other administrative posts,in an effort to tighten its budget.
Besides athletic director TomCarbotti, the college has laid off its chief groundskeeper, coordinator of video services and a supervisor in the microcomputer lab. The fifth job, a vacant secretarial position, will remain unfilled.
The college saves $148,000 by eliminating the jobs.
The actionis the latest in a series of money-saving steps by the college. Lastyear, the state cut $1.2 million in aid to the college, which responded by raising tuition, freezing vacant staff and administration positions, making an additional $100,000 available from bookstore revenues, and adopting a series of spending cuts.
Additional budget cuts may loom in the near future as the college prepares for a 1992 budgetthat will be the same size as last year's, said HCC spokesman Randall Bengfort.
"There are no more planned cuts for this year, so the question is whether wewill get hit with another budget cut from the state," Bengfort said.
Bengfort said that in deciding which jobs toeliminate, college officials focused on administrators and support staff instead of faculty positions.
He said they tried to avoid cuts that would directly affect services to students.
"There was a review of the positions which would have the least affect on academics," Bengfort said.
The employees were laid off effective Dec. 17, but HCC will keep them on the payroll until June 30.
"The college istrying to do its best to help the individuals (who were laid off)," Bengfort said.
"The college wanted to give them six months' noticeso they could be prepared for the transition."
Bengfort said the athletic director's duties will be assigned to other employees.
Carbotti, who earned $40,900 a year, was appointed athletic director inJanuary 1990.
For many years, the athletic program competed on the club level and was relatively unknown throughout the state.
But under the direction of Carbotti, athletics at HCC prospered.
"He improved our image in the Maryland JuCo conference," said Steve Musselman, indoor track and cross county coach. "And he added more credibility to the program."
Women's basketball coach Maxine Eggleston agreed.
"I thought he was fantastic as far as athletics and bringing the program recognition," she said. "I thought the program came a long way under the direction of Tom."