Saturday, July 2, 2011

2011-07-02 "Solano College president cuts own benefits, pay by $15,780" from "Vallejo Times-Herald"
With Solano Community College facing more reductions due to the state budget crisis, its President Jowel Laguerre has agreed to help shoulder the pain.
Board trustees Thursday approved a plan which will allow Laguerre to take eight furlough days and forego a 1 percent raise that was to go into effect Friday, college spokesman Peter Bostic said.
The president also will give up his $5,000 allowance for fundraising and entertainment, Bostic said.
Solano College's managers previously gave up similar items to help the school weather another round of fiscal cuts, officials said.
Laguerre's furlough days, and other cuts in pay will amount to $15,780.50.
He will take his furlough days sometime between July 1 and June of next year.
Bostic said Laguerre's concessions amount to a "fair share" of reductions everyone at the school will need to make.
"If everybody does a fair share we can get there," Bostic said.
Uncertainties in the state budget led to a 25 percent cut in Solano College's summer school, and nearly 200 cuts in classes.
The newly passed state budget calls for another $400 million in reduced funding for community colleges.
Laguerre previously said the school may need to make more reductions mid-year.
Meanwhile, college officials have been negotiating with teachers and classified staff on new contracts.

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