• Rock Valley College President Mike Mastroianni to unveil plan for $7 million in cuts...
ROCKFORD Fear and apprehension cast a shadow over the Rock Valley College Board of Trustees meeting Tuesday night as President Mike Mastroianni shared a few details about proposed budget cuts but failed to answer the biggest looming questions.
How many people are going to lose their jobs, who are they and how much is tuition going to go up?
A final decision on job cuts and the filling of vacancies has not been made, Mastroianni
said at the meeting.
expects to make that decision within two weeks, which is when college employees will learn whether they have a job after Jan. 1.
The cuts will come before the board for approval either at a special meeting or the previously scheduled Dec. 15 meeting.
People will lose their jobs.
They will have to, Mastroianni
warned, its considerably less than what the college planned to receive.
Page 2 of 2 - The college will close its wallet, so to speak, when it comes to buying tables at luncheons, travel, ordering food for work meetings, sponsoring community events and paying for cell phones, Mastroianni
did not say exactly how much money would be saved through those efforts.
Department budget officers have been asked to trim an additional 5 percent from their spending for the remainder of the year.
The college will tap some of its cash reserves, Mastroianni
did not provide an exact or projected amount.