Valdosta State cuts jobs to balance budget

Valdosta State cuts jobs to balance budget

VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) - Valdosta State University is cutting jobs and eliminating positions in order to balance its budget.

Students may notice fewer employees in places like the book store and the dining services.

11 auxiliary service employees were terminated Tuesday to balance the university's budget for the current 2015 fiscal year.

The cuts came from the book store, dining services, parking and transportation, and housing areas.

But employees were not the only thing the university cut back on in order to eliminate the close to one million dollars that they were over budget.

"We reduced operating budgets, we reduced our student and temporary employee budgets," said Finance and Administration Vice President Traycee Martin.

She said the university had been anticipating these cuts for a couple of months and worked with the auxiliary budget managers to prepare for them.

The cuts are largely a result of the university having to adapt to changes in the students' wants and needs.

"It's just the nature of where we are right now," said Martin. "Students choose different services and things and we have to change to that."

No more cuts are expected in the near future, but Martin says it's also too early to tell if and when any of the positions that were cut this week will come back.

"We need to adjust and do some more projections and see how enrollment goes and see what things students like and don't like, what they're buying and not buying, Martin said."

Even though the number of employees available to help service the students on campus has been reduced, Martin is confident that this won't lead to a reduction in the quality of service to the students.

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