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Official: Solano College budget $2.4M in red

By From page A1 | August 03, 2014

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:

  • The state stopped funding for “repeatability,” such as students repeating a drawing or tennis class.
  • The national unemployment rate is declining, nearly reaching a pre-recession percentage. When unemployment is high, enrollment is high and when the economy is good, the community college has fewer students, Ligioso said.

“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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  • Johnson and JohnsonAugust 03, 2014 - 12:26 am

    Wrestle over the budget? That's an easy fix. Lets see 1.Get rid of Solano County Sheriffs Office thats almost 1 million dollars there, 2. Get rid of the unfit Officer there is another 30K lose The president another almost 1/4 of a million bucks with all his perks I actually think its closer to 500k. The VP another joke thats over paid. see you replace these people with real people that are not greedy and over paid and your ahead of the game at least 1 million!

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  • PornacAugust 03, 2014 - 7:58 am

    Stop educating these kids! Put them in the fields or McDonalds.

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  • TylerAugust 03, 2014 - 8:12 am

    Repeating drawing or tennis classes is not educating anyone!

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  • ErikAugust 03, 2014 - 8:44 am

    I have a great idea, lay off the majority of their worthless counselors. Their lack of skills to help students to transfer added an extra year of school, and that apparently the norm for them.

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  • George Guynn, JrAugust 03, 2014 - 10:08 am

    Well, if the enrollment isn't increasing, how about giving back most of the $348 million Measure Q money that is not really needed? If it is bad to waste water, then it should be many times worse to waste the TAXPAYERS'S MONEY!!!!

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  • TomAugust 03, 2014 - 10:20 am

    Start cutting at the top with overblown administrative salaries and combine admisistrative duties.. With a declining enrollment the college can do with less adminitrative staff and fewer meetings.

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  • FloydAugust 04, 2014 - 9:04 am

    The Anti-Police board and administration shutdown the PD and got rid of the SCCPD Officers to save a buck. How’s that working for you now?

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