Updated Wed, Sep 26, 2012 3:15 pm
UPDATE 3:10 P.M. More than 20 Hocking College employees will be without a job starting November 2, after the college announced a planned reduction in force Wednesday.
The layoffs come in the wake of a $4.3 million budget shortfall, due in part to a 20 percent decrease in student enrollment.
The eliminated positions include 14 non-bargaining/administrative positions, four professional bargaining unit positions and five support staff bargaining unit positions.
In addition to the reductions, four employees will have their contracts reduced and three open positions will not be filled.
In a message to the campus community, Dr. Erickson wrote, "Although this news is painful and difficult for all those affected, the $1.2 million reduction in force is necessary to contribute to balancing the budget by reducing the College's largest expenditure, our personnel costs."
At a meeting Tuesday night, trustees approved a new budget, including cuts in travel expenses.
Hocking College announced a new budget plan Tuesday night during a Board of Trustees meeting designed to cope with a $4.3 million budget shortfall.