- Associated Press - Monday, May 12, 2014

JOHNSON, Vt. (AP) - Johnson State College said Monday it was cutting five staff positions and reducing eight others to help eliminate a $1.5 million gap in the 2015 budget.

Five full-time administrative and service positions were cut. In addition, seven positions have been scaled back to 80 percent of full time, and another has been converted to half time.

The reductions will save about $450,000 in salaries and benefits next year

“We do not make these reductions lightly,” said Johnson State President Barbara E. Murphy. “They are painful and difficult, and we are grateful for the contributions of all those affected. Yet they are part of an adjustment a responsible college has to make on occasion: realigning resources and investing in future needs in order to position Johnson State College, and our students, for a successful future.”

Murphy said the reductions were in response to a dip in enrollment and flat financial support from the state of Vermont. She says colleges throughout Vermont and the nation are facing similar challenges.

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