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Georgia schools go through budget cuts

By Len Kiese - bio | email

July 22, 2008

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Colleges and universities in Georgia will have to trim their budgets because of a reduction in state tax revenues.

Governor Perdue is asking all state agencies to cut 3.5 percent from their budgets. That includes both the University and Technical Systems of Georgia. Albany Tech came up with a contingency plan to make cuts.

Albany Tech President Dr. Anthony Parker says they'll now have to hold off on the implementation of new programs like Industrial Air Conditioning and Masonry.

"Although it's painful and we prefer not to do it, we'll do it in the best way possible so when the turnaround comes, Albany Tech is in a position where we haven't had declines in enrollment if possible. That may not be possible but we want to minimize any impact it will have on our employers, our students, our faculty and staff," said Parker.

Other changes for Albany Tech include holding off on replacing essential positions at the school and limiting out of state travel. Dr. Parker says job cuts aren't likely at this time.

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