“MSJC will open its doors to nearly 15,000 students on Monday, and despite all the budget cuts in recent years there is a little good news on the Menifee Valley Campus. A new $9.6 million Social Sciences and Humanities Building is open and will be formally dedicated Sept. 14th. The building was built with capital improvement funds approved by the state several years ago.”
“Class have been downsized because most teaching positions opened by attrition have gone unfilled. The school’s part-time faculty has been drastically cut.”
This is a $9.6 million dollar building built without local bonds at NO cost to local taxpayers. The entire MVC has been built this way by qualifying at the state level based upon population and participation rates.
According to district apportionment reports, MSJC served the same number of FTES (9688) in 2006/07 as it is served in 2011/12. The difference in funding was $41 million base funding in 2006/07 vs. $49 million in base funding this past year. An $8 million dollars increase serving the same number of FTES as in 06/07. How is that additional $8 million being allocated now?
Administrative salaries/levels have increased since 06/07. The district should consider cuts in administration in order to restore the hundreds of class sections once taught by part-time faculty and provide increased access to our students. Cutting class sections (enrollment management) should not be the only solution to the state’s budget crisis.