- Associated Press - Monday, June 1, 2015

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Kentucky State University President Raymond Burse has outlined plans for next year’s $45.8 million operating budget, which includes cuts to faculty and staff jobs.

Burse announced the plans Friday, calling for the elimination of 31 additional campus positions, including 17 faculty and 14-15 staff jobs, the State Journal reported (https://bit.ly/1QjPU4k).

The personnel cuts hope to help the school’s $7 million debt, and will likely take several years to dent.

“Putting this together was not easy,” Burse said. “Is it where I’d like to be? No, it is not where I’d like to be.”

The 2015-16 balanced budget for the university also includes a 10 percent reduction to student scholarships and no raises for remaining employees.

The budget also calls for a 5 percent tuition increase for students, which officials say will generate more revenue for the struggling school.

“In this balanced budget, I see light,” Burse said. “I have a road map.”

The deep cuts to staff and faculty come after a round of restructuring last academic year that eliminated nearly all adjunct professors and dozens of administrators.

Next year’s university spending plan projects a steady student enrollment compared to last year. Student populations are expected to fluctuate between 1,895 and 2,050.

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