AACC budget provides new faculty


Anne Arundel Community College's board of trustees unanimously adopted a $35.8 million operating budget and an $8.6 million capital budget yesterday that would provide 4 percent salary increases but not require a boost in tuition and fees.

The operating budget includes money for 14 new full-time faculty positions and 13 new staff positions.

College Vice President Dennis Golladay said the new faculty positions would help improve the ratio of full-time and part-time teachers. "We're hovering dangerously close to the 50 percent dynamite figure of the state," said Mr. Golladay, referring to a quality-control standard on the percentage of full-time faculty members.

The capital budget -- more than double last year's $4 million -- includes $7.3 million toward construction of a new fine arts center, $500,000 to begin renovation of the science building, $220,000 for the first phase of a project to install a fiber-optic communications system on campus and $100,000 for reforestation.

Tuition and fees are expected to make up $12.6 million of the fiscal 1995 operating budget, a 3.5 percent increase in the amount of money provided by student charges in the current fiscal year that ends June 30. The increase reflects anticipated growth in enrollment.

"We simply believe students are paying their fair share," college President Thomas E. Florestano said in a prepared statement. "Students now support the largest percentage of our budget. People are still reeling from the recession. I wouldn't want to put the opportunity of a college education or retraining out of their reach."

Anne Arundel Community College is asking the county to increase its contribution in county new funds to the operating budget by about 21 percent, to $12.3 million.

The state's share, based on enrollment, would be a little more than $9 million, down slightly from the current year. That drop reflects a decrease in the number of students two years ago.

Other income such as parking ticket and library fines would make up $350,000 of the operating budget, about 1 percent.

The budget request approved by the board now goes to County Executive Robert R. Neall, and an eventual review by the County Council before adoption of the final budget package in May.

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