Ccc To Hire Staff, Boost Spending

January 19, 1992|By Greg Tasker | Greg Tasker,Staff writer

WESTMINSTER — Carroll Community College officials plan to boost spending by $1 million next year, using most of the new money to hire staff to accommodate a growing student enrollment.

The college's tentative $6.3 million spending plan calls for the hiring of the equivalent of 20.45 full-time faculty, although the positions will be both full and part time, said Alan D. Schuman, director of administration.

CCC officials have earmarked $683,144 for the hirings, Schuman told the advisory board Wednesday night. Enrollment is expected to growabout by about 9 percent or 144 full-time students next year.

Thespending plan is 18.8 percent more than the $5.3 million budget for the current year, which ends June 30.

CCC is hoping to receive $1.43 million in state aid, up 11.7 percent from the $1.2 million originally budgeted for this year, Schuman said. CCC, though, actually received about $400,000 less than that amount because of state budget cuts.

The loss resulted in three-day furloughs for faculty and staff,as well as other cost-cutting measures.

Schuman noted that state aid to community colleges has remained "flat" the past few years. Thestate's contribution to Carroll in fiscal 1991 was $1.13 million.

Other new money would be used to hire a coordinator of support services in students services at $34,000; $98,147 for increments and adjustments in salaries; $55,381 in fringe benefits and $92,682 in other administrative costs.

Schuman told advisory board members that faculty and staff would not receive cost-of-living raises next year. The increments and adjustment would be used for step or merit increases, he said.

CCC officials expect 50.3 percent more money from tuitionand fees next year. The increase to $2.5 million from $1.6 million largely comes from a recent boost in student tuition.

To compensatefor state cuts, CCC, along with other Baltimore County Colleges, raised tuition from $39 to $48 per credit hour, effective the winter semester. Some fees, such as the one-time registration fee, were extended to be collected every semester.

Schuman said the college is asking the county commissioners to meet the 1993 funding request of $2.3 million -- the same amount sought this year.

The college's capitalimprovement program requests for next year will be limited to buyingfurniture for the proposed multi-purpose building. CCC has earmarked$630,000 for that purchase.

The budget has been submitted to the Baltimore County Community Colleges Board of Trustees, which is expected to review the spending plan at its meeting in Dundalk Wednesday.

The Carroll Planning Commission has recommended the purchase.

It is now before the county commissioners for consideration.

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