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FREDONIA STATE PLANS NO CUTBACK IN SPRING; COLLEGE'S FINANCIAL PLIGHT IS EASED BY NEW PARKING FEES, PRESIDENT SAYS

There won't be any cutback in scheduled spring classes at Fredonia State College, Fredonia State President Donald A. MacPhee told the College Council Wednesday.

MacPhee said contracts for part-time faculty members were mailed within the last few days.

MacPhee noted that the new $40-a-semester parking fee to be paid by students and administrative staff will help the college's financial situation.

MacPhee said that if a $150-a-semester tuition is implemented, if the governor's proposed five-day furlough for all state employees becomes a reality and if further SUNYwide cuts of $16 million can be found, the total effect on Fredonia would be a 1 to 1.5 percent budget reduction.

The college will be closed between Christmas and New Year's, with a savings of $25,000 in utility costs. Personnel are being encouraged to take their vacations at that time.

Those who want to come to work will be given assignments in the few buildings that will be open.

Financial Vice President David Burdette said the college's state payroll is $850,000 every two weeks.

MacPhee added the savings realized through the furlough could be spread over wage and salary payments to the end of the fiscal year.

For 1991-92, the college expects a budget reduction of at least 5 percent from the already reduced budget for the 1990-91 fiscal year. No figures were given by MacPhee or Burdette.

On a positive note, Burdette presented information on the economic impact of the college on Chautauqua County. The college has 720 full-time and 243 part-time employees. The Faculty-Student Association has several hundred additional part-time employees. More than 400 students also are employed.

Supplies, food and equipment purchased locally adds $7,000,000, and students spend another $11,890,000 here, while visiting parents spend $750,000.

Repair and construction contracts add another $2.5 million to the local economy. The entire impact is seen as $46,290,000 per year. Using a figure that each dollar brought into the community generates an additional $1.50 in spending yields a total economic impact of $115,725,000.

MacPhee said construction of the addition to the Reed Library is running ahead of schedule and heat will be piped into the building during the winter to permit inside work to continue. The building may be completed in the spring.

The renovations to the Reed Library itself are still in the design phase.

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