In Michigan
6:22 pm
Mon June 15, 2009

LCC unions oppose dismissal of counselors

EAST LANSING, MI – Lansing Community College President Brent Knight says the economy is forcing the school to consider the termination of three long-time counselors at the school. Unionized faculty and staff say the school should tap its general fund to keep the counselors. But Knight says he's reluctant to do that: "Most people think the college should have more money in reserves. And those who would spent that money---I would like to ask them---do you think that the next 24 months in Michigan are going to be better or worse?"

The school faces a projected $3.2 million deficit for the coming school year. Knight says the administration is determined not to raise tuition. Opponents allege the school has spent carelessly on unnecessary remodeling and travel.