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GGC funding matter moving forward

In this file photo, students walk to and from class at Georgia Gwinnett College.

In this file photo, students walk to and from class at Georgia Gwinnett College.

LAWRENCEVILLE — After the past few weeks of uncertainty, things could be looking up for students, staff and administrators at Georgia Gwinnett College.

State senators recently passed a version of the Fiscal Year 2013 budget restoring $2.7 million in supplemental funding that had been cut out of the House version.

On Tuesday, members of the House of Representatives agreed to the Senate’s version, signing a report that included the reinstated funding, according to Merri Brantley, the college’s director of external affairs. All that it awaits is the governor’s signature.

If approved, it will mean the world to the GGC community, said Brantley, who has spent the legislative session at the Capitol.

Among other things, Brantley said, the restoration of funds will “keep anyone from being furloughed.”

Brantley said that Duluth Sen. David Shafer, the Senate president pro tem, has been “our champion in this.”

Because the young college is growing rapidly, leaders have relied on special initiative funding each year, since funding for the university system is based on two-year-old enrollment figures. GGC has nearly doubled its enrollment in that time to a current 9,400 students.

With only a few months left in the fiscal year, the cut in the special initiative funding would force the college to impose up to eight furlough days with other options.

“It would have affected people’s paychecks and their livelihood,” Brantley said.

Administrators were also considering cutting campus security, freezing all hiring and travel and reducing library hours. Since the college is near the end of its term, the days were numbered to make drastic cuts, Brantley said.

“The budget still awaits the governor’s signature,” Brantley said. “But the Senate and the House reached an agreement.”

— Senior Writer Camie Young contributed to this report

Comments

mygodess2003 1 year, 7 months ago

I am quite disturbed that a local university is being subject to cuts and furloughs. This is an institution of higher learning that is paid for by those attending. So why is there a need for cuts when 9400 students are paying out-of-pocket or with grants and loans? Is there a need for accountability in Georgia Department of Education? Or maybe a call to the United States Department of Education. I am glad that our own House and Senate had sense enough to reinstate this money - now will Governor Deal sign this reinstatement. This college has been part of our family for 2 years with one of my sons and my husband attending.

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