FAIRFIELD — Solano Community College trustees will begin to wrestle Wednesday with a projected $2.4 million deficit.
“We have some difficult times ahead of us,” said Yulian Ligioso, vice president of finance and administration.
Ligioso said that during Wednesday’s presentation, he will show where the college is right now financially and present items that could eventually be slated for the chopping block.
“The last time we were here, we suspended football,” he said. “That was a difficult discussion and a difficult decision.”
This will be the college’s third season in a row without football.
Ligioso said the college has enough in reserves to take a one-time hit to cover the $2.4 million but said, “we can’t continue to kick the can down the road.”
The college has been doing some faculty hiring but Ligioso said that was built into the budget to meet required ratios and that college overspending is not a factor for its current financial issues. Currently, two administrative positions slated to be filled, a director of research and a career technical associate dean, have been suspended.
Ligioso put the blame on declining enrollment – which leads to less state funding – and not meeting projected student numbers with a couple of main factors that affect enrollment:
“A majority of Northern California districts are not growing,” he said. “We have our challenges cut out for us, that’s for sure.”
Ligioso will also be doing an analysis presentation on the memorandum of understanding the college has with the Solano County Sheriff’s Office. He said a final vote on the sheriff’s proposed take over of campus policing duties could be at the Aug. 20 meeting.
The meeting begins with a closed session at 6 p.m. followed by the regular meeting in the administration building, 360 Campus Lane, Suite 201.
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