Baltimore community college lays off workers

April 15, 1994|By Thomas W. Waldron | Thomas W. Waldron,Sun Staff Writer

Struggling to balance its budget, Baltimore City Community College has laid off 18 part-time employees, including nine security officers.

The college's $24.5 million budget was hit by a large, unanticipated drop in enrollment, according to BCCC President James D. Tschech telin. Utility costs were also unexpectedly high because of the harsh winter.

The college has halted the purchase of some computers and instructional equipment.

"It looked like we needed to trim some of our expenditures to end our year in good shape," Dr. Tschechtelin said, explaining the layoffs. BCCC's budget year ends June 30.

The college was transferred from city to state control in 1990.

After two years of dramatic increases in enrollment, the college saw the number of students drop from 6,856 in the fall of 1992 to 6,307 last fall. Officials had projected that enrollment would grow to 7,545.

Dr. Tschechtelin said the drop was probably due in part to a change implemented two years ago requiring all students to go through a two-day orientation. The college also eliminated late registration.

In addition to the security officers, the college laid off three maintenance workers, three housekeepers, and three workers in the purchasing office, Dr. Tschechtelin said.

The employees were not full-fledged state employees, but were hired on individual contracts.

The layoffs come on the heels of a shake-up among the college's financial administrators. The college has recently hired its first internal auditor, as well as a new comptroller and a new administrative vice president.

Some of the changes were prompted in part by a critical state audit of the college's finances.

BCCC operates two campuses, one in West Baltimore on Liberty Heights Avenue and one at the Inner Harbor.

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