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Rock Valley College Blames State Budget Crisis for Staff Cuts

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Rock Valley College says it was forced to cut dozens of positions because to the state’s budget crisis.

The RVC Board of Trustees voted Monday to eliminate a total of 44 non-faculty, non-union positions. 30 of those positions are currently filled, the other 14 were vacant.

Rock Valley College President Mike Mastoianni said after the meeting that the state hasn’t made any payments to the college since January 1st, and with no budget in sight, the school had to cut costs somewhere. Mastroianni said state funding makes up about 18%-19% of the school’s budget.

“These are people that I’ve worked with and that I’ve been friends with so it’s very difficult,” said Mastroianni. “It’s a difficult decision for the board of trustees, it’s a difficult position for our administrative team… nobody wants to see this happen.”

Mastroianni said the savings by 2017 will translate to about $2.8 million.

The cuts take effect December 31st.

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