WWCC Board of Trustees votes in-favor of $2.4 M budget cuts

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Western Wyoming Community College

Tyler Johnson, [email protected]

ROCK SPRINGS, WYOMING (January 28, 2021) – The Western Wyoming Community College Board of Trustees voted in favor of reducing $2.4 million from 2021-2022 fiscal year budget.

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Trustee Carla Hester-Croff did not vote in favor of the reduction.

“I just think there were more alternative ways,” she said.

The reductions include eliminating 15 staff positions.

These positions include:

  • Director of Workforce Development – occupied*
  • Director of Admissions and Recruiting – occupied*
  • Director of Green River Center and Community Education – occupied*
  • Assistant Professor of Dance – occupied
  • Instructor of Mathematics, date of hire 8/16/2018 – occupied
  • Instructor of Mathematics, date of hire 8/16/2018 – occupied
  • Instructor of Mathematics, date of hire 8/16/2018 – occupied
  • Instructor of English, date of hire 8/16/2018 – occupied
  • Instructor of Sociology – occupied
  • Professor of Anthropology/Geology – occupied
  • Associate Professor of Theatre – occupied
  • Assistant Professor of Communications, date of hire 8/16/2018 – occupied
  • Business Information Systems Lab Assistant, full-time – occupied
  • College and Career Readiness Office Assistant – vacancy created by early retirement
  • Custodian – vacancy created by early retirement

The elimination of the positions will take into effect at the of the contract year.

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Positions will have the opportunity to have three months of salary pay, plus six months of keeping their health benefits.

In June 2020, Governor Mark Gordon announced a $1.5 billion shortfall in state revenues that was attributed to the collective financial impact from COVID-19 pandemic.

It translated into a $987,00 reduction in Western Wyoming’s revenue.

In September 2020, the Board of Trustees voted to reduce Western Wyoming’s 2020-2021 fiscal year budget by $875,000.

The reduction included:

  • Immediately eliminating the following vacant positions: Custodian II, PC Support Technician; Facility Use/Purchasing Office Assistant; Workforce Services Office Assistant; Costume Designer; History Faculty; Chemistry Faculty; Music Faculty; Biology/Natural Science Faculty; Student Success Advisor.
  • Reducing the institutional employee stipend by $300 per year effective January 1, 2021.
  • Reducing the employee retirement contribution by 2% per year effective January 1, 2021.
  • Eliminating $200,000 in budgeted pay correction recommendations from the market compensation study.

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