While no one would characterize the personnel impacts of state-mandated budget reductions at Shoreline Community College as anything but painful, with more than 20 positions eliminated, making those cuts ultimately involved only two actual layoffs.
“We worked very hard to find options for people,” said SCC President Lee Lambert, adding that contract-based bumping and position reversion rights, combined with employees’ choices, made for a sometimes-convoluted process. “Sometimes that process took more time, but we wanted to make sure everyone had every chance. I want to thank (Vice President for Human Resources and Legal Affairs) Stephen Smith for taking the lead on working through these difficult times.”
Lambert acknowledged that even with those efforts, the college and many good people were affected. “Some may think that only two layoffs sounds good, but we still lost good, valuable people through retirements, tenure buyouts and people deciding to leave,” he said. “Those people represent a lot of experience and knowledge.”
Smith said that while most of the personnel changes have been finalized, not all are complete. He outlined moves as of June 30, the final day of the 2009 fiscal year:
- Mary Segle, a Physical Education instructor
- Lewis Tarrant, an Anthropology instructor.
- Darlene Carlson, currently in the Cosmetology program which is slated for closure, will continue at her position into 2010.
- Janet Otten, formerly in Enrollment Services, moves to Workfirst in the Office Assistant 3 category.
- Sherri Walley, who had been in Cosmetology, moves to Facilities as a Program Coordinator, working with Facilities Director Bob Roehl.
- Donna Walther moves from Financial Aid to the Center for Business and Continuing Education as a Program Assistant.
- Al Clinton of Cosmetology.
- Susan Sparks and Lisa VanHorne both of the Speech Language Pathology Assistant program, which is slated for closure.
Faculty Voluntary Early Retirement Incentive
- Dan Pray, of PE
- Phyllis Topham, Computer Information Systems
- Art West, Physics
- Martin Olsen, Advising and Counseling
- Nancy Field, Advising and Counseling
- Cathy Chun, Special Assistant to the President for Diversity, Equity and Student Leadership, decided to leave the college.
- Dorothy Cirelli, a director at Technology Support Services, elected to retire in lieu of layoff.
- Chris Melton, the former Registrar, an administrative exempt position, stays in Enrollment Services as a Program Manager, a classified position.
- Jeff Omalanz-Hood, moves from recruiter as an administrative exempt position in Enrollment Services to recruiter as a Program Manager in the Office of Advancement, a classified position.
Smith emphasized that not all changes are finalized. A Criminal Justice faculty member is scheduled for Reduction in Force in September, after being approved for tenure earlier this year. Also, potential moves for Colleen Hogan-Taylor, of the Center for Business and Continuing Education, and Marissa Robertson, a Fiscal Analyst in the Business and Accounting office, are still pending resolution, he said.