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SCCC unveils budget to County

Farley shuns Center City move citing expense, inconvenience

— Schenectady County Community College officials say the institution is facing a pleasant problem — it is too successful.

Enrollment at SCCC continues to rise as new courses and programs are offered, but the space on the college campus can’t hold the increased activity. This led SCCC officials on a search for a new space to utilize so offerings can continue to expand. The new Center City building was tapped to offer the college’s new Certified Nursing Assistant program and also host courses in criminal justice, business and computing. SCCC President Quintin Bullock presented the proposed 2011-12 budget to the Schenectady County Legislature on Monday, Aug. 1, which totals $26,256,842 and is a 9 percent increase, or around $2.17 million, compared to the previous school year’s budget.

“We are very excited about what we have established this year,” said Bullock. “It has been a very successful year for the college. We have had very strong enrollment. We’ve launched new programs and we are preparing to expand our programs as well as our presence in Center City. The budget is very tight and will allow us to continue the work that we are doing at the college.”

The increased budget doesn’t ask for a greater contribution from the county, because the county’s contribution for operating expenses will remain at nearly $2.1 million. The college is increasing its fund balance usage by $43,417 and totals $267,308. If all of the appropriated fund balance were used during the upcoming school year the college’s fund balance would be at approximately $4.1 million or 15 percent of the 2011-12 budget.

Legislator Robert Farley, R-Glenville, was the first and only member to voice opposition to the college’s proposed budget. His main concerned focused on the college stretching off the campus to Center City, which it holds a five-year lease. He said the legislature previously rejected a move to Center City to offer classes for the music program, because of the distance students would travel. The previous move discussed was before Bullock joined the college.

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