CNC Board Approves Budget
CNC Board prepares to talk about the budget – photo 250News
Prince George BC – The Board for the College of New Caledonia has approved the revised budget for the 2016/17 academic year and it will see the return of the Dental Hygiene program.The Dental Hygiene program will resume taking students for that program in September.
The college ended up with a $1.8 million dollar surplus.
In the President’s report to the Board, Henry Reiser notes the 2016/17 budget has set aside $830 thousand to an “unallocated fund” which will be dispersed “As projects are identified and approved by the Board.” It also designates $1 million dollars to cover “increased costs in utilities, salaries, health and safety improvements and the cost of an Executive Director
Seven layoff notices had been issued as per the collective agreement. It is not yet known how many of those notices may be rescinded.
In a presentation to the Board, members of the Faculty Association expressed concern over the budget process. The actual revised budget was not available to the Association or the public until the meeting started at 1 this afternoon, and representatives asked how the budget from last year could go from the anticipated deficit to a significant surplus.
The Board says it will now be basing its budget projections on three year averages which will help eliminate the guess work.
Board Chair, Jason Fisher, says going forward, the Board will be reviewing quarterly reports in an effort to identify and address budgetary issues in a more timely manner.
The budget for 2016/17 upholds previously announced cuts which include:
- Suspension of the Aboriginal Early Childhood Education on line program
- The Day Care at the Burns Lake campus will not be operated by the College after the end of this month, the Day Care service is being transitioned to a non-profit society
- Employees on leave are not being replaced
Mark Wendling, the Faculty Association’s representative on the Board was the lone dissenter in passing the budget, saying he could not support the spending plan because “It is constantly taking support out of the classroom and putting it into administration.” Wendling noted that for every 4 members of faculty, there are 5 non faculty positions.
The Board also approved a strategic plan, but the details of the plan are not yet available to the public. The plan is to be posted the College’s website around the end of this month.