Lansing Community College Cuts Fall Athletics
According to the Lansing State Journal, Lansing Community College will furlough employees, cut fall athletics and defund the college's radio and TV stations to address an estimate $10 million budget deficit.
This is so unbelievable how the coronavirus pandemic has cost many businesses and colleges thousands if not millions and millions of dollars. And it's not letting up anytime soon.
In a newsletter to LCC employees, President Brent Knight said the college will make the cuts because of the expected deficit caused by a projected 13% cut in state appropriations tied to COVID-19's financial concerns.
LCC is also cutting the services and supplies budgets by $2.4 million, among other reductions.
Defunding LCC radio and TV stations will save $259,000. Cutting fall athletics will save $286,000.
LCC will also furlough 120 employees.
The board of Trustees approved the cuts when they passed the college's $118.5 million budget for 2020-21 on Monday.
Even when you read this post about all these funding cuts and furloughs, it makes you feel bad for everyone involved.
I went to Lansing Community College back in 1975-76. I took a few courses in radio broadcasting and had my own radio shifts on their local radio station WLCC. Good times back then and not such good times now.
LCC informed approximately 120 employees earlier this month that they would be furloughed to help cut costs and many employees went without bargaining pay raises.
Overall, the COVID-19 pandemic has forced colleges, universities and K-12 schools to move classes online, forced businesses to close and all prompting a revenue shortfall for the state.
Michigan expects to lose $3.2 billion in state revenues. Here's more from the Lansing State Journal.