College Board To Meet at Benton Center Wednesday, April 17 To Discuss Budget Proposal: Event Open To Public Comment

(Photo: Alex Gaub)

Advocates for LBCC’s Horticulture program plan to speak Wednesday, April 17 at the 6 p.m. LBCC Board of Education meeting in the Benton Center in Corvallis, room 244.

The upcoming Board of Education meeting is one of the last chances for the public to comment before the Budget Committee vote on President Greg Hamann’s budget proposal. To sign up to speak during the public comment period, arrive before 6 p.m.

The board will take email comments on the budget up until the May 15 vote.

Last month’s March 20 board meeting was filled with faculty, students and community members who had heard about proposed cuts either directly or through word of mouth.  On March 15 faculty and board members were emailed the budget proposal and students and faculty in Horticulture were emailed that their programs were on the cutting block.  

No student at LBCC has received an email with the full budget proposal.

Horticulture students received emails from Dean of Science Engineering and Math Kristina Holton on March 15.

“You may have already heard that … the college is moving forward with suspending the Horticulture program, which includes the degree paths in both horticulture and crop production,” said Holton in the email.

A 7 percent tuition increase is also in the budget proposal. Students at OSU and other Oregon universities have successfully fought to limit yearly tuition increases to no more than 5 percent.

Central points of the college’s current budget proposal are these:

  • A 7 percent tuition increase for 2019-20.
  • Eliminating the Horticulture program, including faculty and classified staff “personnel reduction” at the end of Spring 2020.
  • Adding three new faculty positions, one in Welding, one in Nursing, and one in

Biology.

  • Eliminating five classified staff positions through a combination of

retirements and reduction-in-force.         

  • Adding two new classified positions, one in Welding (1.0 FTE) and one in Math

(0.85 FTE).

On May 8 at 6 p.m. is the college’s budget committee discussion in the Calapooia Center, room 103. The public is welcome but there is no comment period. The budget committee is made up of the seven board of education members plus seven citizen members.

May 15 at 6 p.m. is first a Budget Committee meeting where the budget is voted on. That will be directly followed by a board meeting, with the usual board meeting comment period at the beginning with sign-ups for speaking up until 6 p.m.

The full budget proposal can be found here: https://www.linnbenton.edu/faculty-and-staff/administrative-information/documents/Campus-Notice-03-15-19.pdf

Board emails are available on the website at https://www.linnbenton.edu/faculty-and-staff/administrative-information/board-of-education/

The other seven budget committee members’ emails are available by contacting the office of Vice President of Finance and Operation Dave Henderson: henderd@linnbenton.edu

Story by Karen Canan

At a Glance:

What: LBCC Board of Education will hear public comments on President Greg Hamann’s Budget Proposal.

When: Wednesday, April 17 at 6 p.m., sign up to speak before 6 p.m. for public comment period.

Where: Benton Center in Corvallis, Room 244

Why: To comment on the proposed budget

Who: All public is invited to attend and the board will hear as many comments as possible.

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