JOHNSON, Vt. - Johnson State College announced staff reductions on Monday.
A press release says five full-time administrative and service positions have been cut at the college. Eight others have been scaled back. The reductions come as a plan to address a projected $1.5 million gap in the college's budget for fiscal year 2015.
“We do not make these reductions lightly,” said JSC President Barbara E. Murphy. “They are painful and difficult, and we are grateful for the contributions of all those affected. Yet they are part of an adjustment a responsible college has to make on occasion: realigning resources and investing in future needs in order to position Johnson State College, and our students, for a successful future.”
A press release says the reductions will save the college approximately $450,000 in salaries and benefits next year.
The reductions are in response to a dip in enrollment and flat support from the state.
The 2015 fiscal year begins July 1, 2014.