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Layoffs Coming for Fort Valley State

State cuts and dropping enrollment will add up to layoffs at Fort Valley State University.

Vice President Canter Brown says the school has sent a budget-cutting plan to the Georgia Board of Regents to prevent a possible shortfall. That plan includes some layoffs, he said.

He said the regents have not yet approved that plan. Until then, he said, the school will not discuss the numbers of layoffs or what departments will be hit.

If the regents approve, he said, those layoffs could happen within 90 days, he said.

Brown says the plan will also includes closing some FVSU programs and offices.

He said Fort Valley's financial problems are shared by most of the state's 35 public colleges and universities.

They include a 5 percent cut in state funding.

Also, he said, the school's enrollment has dropped by more than 10 percent in a year -- from about 3,900 to about 3,500.

He said Fort Valley has started its cuts by eliminating vacant jobs and that the layoffs will hit temporary and probationary staff first, before permanent faculty.

"We've tried to minimize the human pain," he said, "but there will be some layoffs."

Brown said the school's president, Larry Rivers, discussed the financial problems and the pending layoffs Thursday in a called meeting of the school's faculty and officers.

While FVSU is not currently in a deficit, he said, they could be facing a $3.8 million shortfall in this budget year unless cuts are made.

Despite that, Brown said, "Our financial position is healthy. Fort Valley State University is a good steward of taxpayer money."

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