Tough Decisions Being Considered At CASC
CASC President Garry M. Ivey addressed the employees of the College on March 29th regarding the budget difficulties of the State of Oklahoma, and the local impact on Carl Albert State College.
In addition to measures recently announced regarding attempts to stretch the budget in order to operate on what is already a cut of over $800,000 since July 1, 2015, the CASC Board of Regents passed a retirement incentive plan as well as a reduction in force policy at their March meeting.
When asked about any upcoming announcements regarding retirements and reduction in force plans, Mr. Ivey stated, “No formal decisions have been made that can be announced at this time. Proposals are being considered, and will be presented to the Regents at the April board meeting.” Ivey continued, “Upon approval by the Regents, we will then officially announce the steps being taken in order for the College to operate on a balanced budget. These times are very difficult, and I do not know of a time in the College’s history that has been this financially trying.”
Ivey explained, “I know everyone is very curious and very concerned, and there is much talk about what is and what isn’t going to happen. I can state that we are looking at every academic program, every athletic program, and every position at CASC to see what can be done to make operations more efficient. I would be getting ahead of the Regents if I started providing specifics until the Board considers any recommendations presented to them in April. And the bottom line today is that some decisions have not been made. We are still studying and contemplating what will be done.”
President Ivey concluded, “We have turned every stone to find ways to save money. We are trying to do a bit of reorganizing to keep as many people employed as possible. We are thinking about temporarily combining areas in order to close a building or two in order to save on utility costs. Again, we are being as diligent as we can to keep the College moving forward. These are hard times, and very tough decisions are being made. When we can, we will make the next steps known to the campus and to the community.”