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NCCC cuts jobs of 12, considers raising tuition

Niagara County Community College will lay off 12 staff members in the coming school year, apparently because of money problems.

College officials also are examining the possibility of raising tuition by as much as 2 percent, about $31 a semester or $62 a year.

"It's just being discussed. No decision has been made. There hasn't even been a recommendation to the board," said Bill Schickling, the college's vice president of finance.

Tuition for Niagara County residents now is $1,548 a semester.

With the college facing a possible $1.5 million shortfall next year and possible rising costs, NCCC officials said Wednesday the seven faculty members and five technical assistants who were eligible for one-year reappointments will not be back next year.

"It is always difficult to tell someone that they have not been rehired, but we have no other choice but to be cautious in our approach at this time," NCCC President James P. Klyczek said in a prepared statement.

But Klyczek held out hope for these employees.

"I will work diligently with the board, the administrative team and bargaining units to secure additional financial support for the college as the 2006-07 budget development process unfolds," he said. "It is our hope that NCCC will receive the financial support it needs to fund these critical positions."

The board of trustees took the action at a meeting Monday because the college is required to notify members of the faculty union, even those without tenure, of their reappointment status by March 1.

The union had extended the notification deadline to April 1.

Trustees did reappoint 12 other non-tenured faculty members and five technical assistants for another year.

Schickling said the college administration, unions, and employees are currently gathering cost information about what the school will need to run its programns next year. He said the college administration expects to have a budget ready for the board's April 27 meeting.

College officials have said they want to present their proposed budget to the Niagara County Legislature by May 1.

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