Public Hearing on NCCC’s Proposed $ 14.6M Budget | News, Sports, Jobs
MALONE – The Franklin County Legislature on Thursday voted unanimously to hold a public hearing next month on the North Country Community College (NCCC) proposed budget of $ 14,686,000 for the next fiscal year 2021-2022 .
NCCC chairman Joe Keegan, who is in his third year in office, said if approved the budget would represent a 4% increase over last year. Keegan added that the main driver of this is due to the school’s planning to welcome students and educators to campus in the fall. The dorms will be reopened, Keegan said at the meeting.
“We’re going to add more costs, because we’re bringing students back to campus and we’re bringing all of our faculty and staff back to campus,” Keegan said. “It’s mostly (because we’re) going back to a setting on campus.”
The school is looking to recoup income lost due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Keegan said.
“We have students who have a high amount of debt right now”, Keegan said. “They are struggling to pay for this and the federal stimulus guidelines have opened up and (us) allow some of that to be paid for them.”
Keegan said both sides benefit from this approach.
“It helps us because we don’t take on this debt. But, more importantly, it helps the student – because they are not scarred by bad credit and can come back to us and continue to learn ”, Keegan said.
The public hearing will take place in the Houses of the Legislative Assembly on August 5 at 10 a.m. The meeting will take place on the fourth floor of the Franklin County Courthouse. The next fiscal year will begin on September 1.