Georgia Perimeter College to lay off 282 workers

ATLANTA (AP) — More than 280 workers will be laid off at Georgia Perimeter College, its interim leader has told employees.

The cuts affect 215 full-time employees and 67 part-time workers, Georgia Perimeter Interim President Rob Watts wrote in a campus-wide email. The college employs about 3,110 people.

Watts' first priority "was protecting classroom instruction for students," he wrote in the email.

"The college must now focus on the adjustments necessary to operate at lower staffing levels. It will not be easy. We will all need to be as flexible and patient as possible while we make the adjustments," Watts wrote.

The two-year school is trying to cope with what could be a $25 million deficit next year.

University System of Georgia Chancellor Hank Huckaby disclosed the shortfall May 7 and announced that the former president would leave. Watts was appointment two days later.

Now, state auditors are analyzing the college's financial records to understand how the school's deficit grew so large.

Georgia Perimeter is the state's third-largest public college, teaching nearly 27,000 students at sites in Alpharetta, Clarkston, Covington, Decatur and Dunwoody.