College's budget, status to be decided in 1993

December 16, 1992|By Anne Haddad | Anne Haddad,Staff Writer

Carroll Community College won't know until at least February whether it will have to raise tuition or make other major changes to its 1994 budget proposal.

That's also when college officials will hear whether the state will approve Carroll Community College for independence, an issue that is tied to the money question, Alan Schuman, director of administration, said yesterday.

The $7.28 million budget the college submitted to its overseers relies on additional state money and does not raise tuition or ask the county for more money.

The college's budget this year is $6.28 million.

If the college achieves independent status, it will be eligible for $843,000 more next year than if it remains a branch of Catonsville Community College.

Other state aid and income from expected enrollment growth make up the rest of the $1 million more in expected income next year.

But the state can't guarantee the money for independence will be available -- and if it isn't, whether the college may become independent, Mr. Schuman said.

"The educational picture looks terrific," Mr. Schuman said of the evaluation the college is currently undergoing by the state and a regional accrediting organization.

But college officials don't know whether the state will have the money needed to hire additional faculty and make other changes on which the accreditation may hinge, Mr. Schuman said.

I?The budget now goes to the board of trustees for the Baltimore

County Community Colleges and the Carroll commissioners.

The Baltimore County trustees will vote on the budget in February, and the Carroll commissioners will vote after that. The college is requesting no change in its county appropriation of $2.3 million or in its tuition of $48 per credit hour.

In the budget, major areas for increased spending will be: $291,942 for faculty and staff, the equivalent of 15 professional and support employees; $100,000 to pay Social Security payments previously made by the state; and making up for an expected state cut of $275,000 in retirement fund payments.

Other increases include $49,596 for library books and supplies, $34,400 for interpreters and other supplies for disabled students; $49,000 for instructional equipment and $67,239 for costs associated with pursuing independence and accreditation.

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