Community Colleges Look for Ways to Save

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Mississippi community college leaders are deciding how to absorb budget cuts.
Gov. Haley Barbour cut nearly $172 million, or 2.9 percent, from the state's overall $6 billion budget last week because of declining tax collections.

In keeping with state law to balance the budget, the governor cut about 5 percent, or $12.5 million, from the state's 15 community and junior colleges, along with other state agencies.

Under a funding formula used by the state Board for Community and Junior Colleges, the two-year schools with larger enrollments receive a larger share of money than smaller schools.

Deborah Gilbert, the board's associate executive director for finance and administration, said Tuesday that college presidents are deciding how to save about 5 percent on each of their campuses.


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