- Associated Press - Friday, March 25, 2016

SEMINOLE, Okla. (AP) - Seminole State College has announced cuts to employee benefits and academic and athletic programs because of Oklahoma’s budget shortfall.

Seminole State President Jim Utterback says the school has received cuts of $766,000 in state appropriations this fiscal year. The Seminole State College Board of Regents announced Thursday a series of cuts to counteract the drop in state money.

The two-year college says it will cancel long-term disability coverage and make cuts to employee health insurance. The school will also phase out the textbook rental program and eliminate the college’s medical laboratory program.

Volleyball will be reclassified from Division I to Division II, and the scholarship level for men’s tennis will drop to Division II from Division 1.

Oklahoma has a $1.3 billion shortfall for its next fiscal year.

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