BARSTOW • Trustees adopted Barstow Community College's 2010-2011 budget Wednesday days after state lawmakers passed California's budget. But because of the uncertainty of the state's budget, college administrators say future changes may be necessary.
"There are a lot of 'if's on the current (state) budget," said Virgil Stanford, the college's vice president for administrative services. "Mid-year reductions are (also) a concern."
The college's total revenue for the 2010-2011 fiscal year is about $14.9 million, which is about the same as last year, Stanford said. Total expenditures this year are expected to be $16.9 million. The college currently has about $4.7 million in reserves.
When the college board adopted a tentative budget in June, officials had anticipated a $1.7 million deficit — about $900,000 more than last year. The budget the college passed Wednesday shows a $2.4 million deficit. To cover that deficit, the college is dipping into its reserves, said college spokeswoman Maureen Stokes. The Board of Trustees asked the college to curtail its spending by about 10 percent.
More full time students are also attending college this year than last year. This year the number of students taking 12 units or more is at 1,515. Last year about 1,338 full-time students attended Barstow College. According to Stokes, the college isn't receiving state subsidies for about 500 students.
In order to accomodate those students and cut its spending, the college is increasing class sizes, but is not adding additional classes. The college doesn't have to pay for an extra instructor and the number of teaching hours instructors get paid for don't increase, Stokes said. This allows the college to accomodate extra students without spending more money.
At a total of roughly $12.7 million, employee salaries and benefits account for the majority of anticipated expenditures. The college has also budgeted $127,000 for an acting director of academic affairs, a position that will be active until the end of the school year.
As for capital projects this year, Stanford said state funding for building modernization has been postponed to 2013. The college's phone system is scheduled to be upgraded, a project that will cost between $40,000 and $50,000.
Groundbreaking on the college's new performing arts center is scheduled for Oct. 28. Construction for the college's new wellness center is also expected to begin in the spring.
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