Say this about the new president at Lake Superior College: He knows his place. Now, that’s not meant to be demeaning or mean-spirited. Rather, with more than 20 years of reputation-building experience, Patrick Johns knows well — and to the benefit of all Duluth — the critical roles two-year institutions of higher education can and must play in their communities.
Especially during tough times like now.
Lake Superior College announced more cuts Thursday to its 2009-10 budget, bringing the total reductions to nearly $1.6 million. Cuts include one layoff — a library technician — leaving three positions unfilled, and cutting hours but not benefits for three employees. About
$1.3 million comes from cuts to nonpersonnel budgets, including for travel, materials and equipment.
Chancellor Kathryn Martin told faculty and staff Monday that layoffs might be necessary, but after hearing the updated state revenue forecast Tuesday, she said she believes the budget can be balanced by leaving positions open instead.
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