A group of Rock Valley College students and alumni are demanding more information after the school announced last week it needed to make cuts due to a $1.6 million budget shortfall.
“We elected these officials,” said sophomore Mitchell McMahon. “We feel that we should know what they are doing with these public funds.”
McMahon is frustrated with the administration recommending a reduction of full-time faculty staff going into the 2017 school year.
“We are going to have a lower form of education and a lower form of professors.”
RVC’s enrollment numbers continue to decline. It lost 5,000 students since 2010. On Tuesday, during the Board of Trustee’s meeting, students plan to stage a peaceful protest to those cuts and demand more transparency from the board.
“We are going to be gathering to just show that we understand what’s going on and try to bring light to the media and the public of what the board is doing.”
McMahon even reached out to the college’s Chief of Police to discuss their plans.
“They want to do things in a proper way,” said Chief Joe Drought. “They don’t want to cause problems or anything along those lines, but to exercise their rights, and we want them to exercise their rights.”
Organizers say they expect at least 50 students to take part in the protest.