H-SAN LUIS OBISPO COUNTY

Dec 13, 2012 7:37 PM by Madelyn Monteath, KSBY News

Cuesta College to make major cuts to some school programs

The Cuesta College Board of Trustees unanimously voted to eliminate 10 programs, reduce 12 others, and suspend one to prevent major budget cuts in the future.

In a meeting Wednesday night, the board decided to eliminate physical science, workplace readiness/work experience, vocational ESL, real estate, fashion design and merchandising, agriculture technology, hospitality, culinary arts, art-design, and dance.

Cuesta College President Gil Stork said originally 29 programs were slated to be cut but Proposition 30 passed, allowing Cuesta to reduce the cuts.

According to President Stork, these cuts are an aggressive attack to help sustain the longevity and education quality of the school. The President said making these choices will help to avoid cuts ever year.

The cuts save the school $764,000 annually, nearly meeting the originally proposed cut of $806,000. Cuesta will now look at the remaining 45 programs, cutting from those department to make up the remaining $42,000.

President Stork said none of the programs were being done away with because they were not valuable to the students.

Overall, Cuesta College needs to cut $1.6 million. Cuesta will meet this number through phase 2 of the budget reduction plan will uses the 50% law. That means since $800,000 came from academics the other $800,000 will come from the operational side of Cuesta College.

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