JWCC President Tom Klincar will pitch an idea Wednesday to trustees to close the campus on summer weekends.
DR. TOM KLINCAR’S proposal to close John Wood Community College from Friday through Sunday on nine summer weekends is sure to spark debate at Wednesday’s board of trustees meeting. Click here for more.
Klincar, JWCC’s president, was given a clear directive by the trustees last year to consider any and all cost-saving measures. The state of Illinois is behind in promised aid to JWCC, and like many public education entities, the school is scrambling with anticipated budget issues.
Klincar proposes closing the college during the summer months to save an anticipated $15,000 to $20,000 a year. Maybe it’s a drop in the bucket of a $14 million annual budget, but this won’t be the last of ideas to save money.
Give credit to Klincar for at least coming up with ideas. By the way, many other community colleges are doing this in the summer months, so it’s not extreme or unusual to cut back.
Trustees Reggie Coleman and Jerry Hagmeier say are not sure how they will vote on the proposal. On the one hand, you can save some money, the college has no classes on Fridays during the summer and staff will work a little longer Monday through Thursday to make up hours.
But what happens if you have a prospective student on a summer Friday morning needing help with counseling or scheduling, or wanting to pay a bill? What happens if by chance you have a person passing through on a Friday who sees the campus at 48th and Harrison and wants to check it out?
No matter how well you advertise it, some people won’t hear about the school going dark on Fridays.
It’s service versus fiscal responsibility, and trustees will likely hammer it out from all angles Wednesday.
The college would be wise to consider the move for this summer only, and revisit the issue again next year.