FMCC hopes to have state budget details by April 1

JOHNSTOWN — Officials at Fulton-Montgomery Community College are hopeful they will learn the final details of the state budget by April.

College President Dustin Swanger said the proposal put forth by Gov. Andrew Cuomo did not include any funding increases for community colleges.

According to the college, while the governor’s budget proposed no change in the full-time-equivalent (FTE) rate for the 2017-18 budget, since enrollments are projected to diminish again, the state will actually cut community college budgets by an estimated $14.8 million statewide.

The cost of operating a community college changes little based only on enrollments.

Swanger said the assembly bill had a $100 per FTE increase. The senate had a $50 per FTE increase for community colleges.

According to paperwork handed out by the college, community college funding from the state is based on a formula based on enrollment. A head count of 2,800 students might transfer into an FTE of around 2,345, according to the college.

“I don’t know where we’ll land on that, theoretically somewhere between $50 and $100,” Swanger said. “I have no doubt that we’ll know by April 1.”

Also, an April 10 talk titled “Searching for Sanctuary” has been scheduled. Swanger said the event will feature five area refugees discussing the success they have achieved since moving to the United States.

The plan is to hold the event at Raiders Cove from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Should the attendance be large, the event will be moved to the college’s theater.

By Chad Fleck

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