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* Budget cuts coming and on tighter timeline

The hard work on budget reductions looks like it is going to start sooner rather than later, and the numbers to remember may just be 4, 6 and 10, according to Shoreline Community College President Lee Lambert.

 

“The presidents met Friday, Aug. 27, via ITV,” Lambert said. “The main agenda item was the state budget and the implications for the community and technical colleges.” While details are not yet available, Lambert said the picture of general reduction targets is clearer and the timeline shorter.

 

“For this fiscal year, it looks like we’ll be asked to cut about 4 percent. We’ll be asked to show a 6 percent cut. Four is the more likely actual cut, but we just don’t know yet,” Lambert said. “Then, for the next biennium starting July 1, 2011, we’ll be asked for a plan that cuts 10 percent.”

 

Lambert said the starting point for these various plans will probably be the same, the original 2010-11 allocation. The deadline for submitting the general outline of the plans would also be the same, roughly Oct. 1.

 

“The Governor wants plans to her by Oct. 13,” Lambert said. “I’m hoping we’ll have some time to work out details because the Legislature will still have work to do.”

 

The primary reason behind the reductions is the economy.

 

“First, the state is anticipating that the Sept. 16 revenue forecast will show the state is underwater, basically broke,” Lambert said. The numbers provided to the presidents show a positive balance of $453 million in May has all but disappeared under a tide of red ink pushed higher by continued slow revenue collections. Another factor is lower federal Medicaid reimbursements despite the recent vote in Congress to continue Medicaid-related stimulus-package payments to states.

 

As of August, the state’s fund balance was down to $72 million, which is expected to be swept away by September’s predicted gloomy numbers, he said.

 

Anticipating the trend, Gov. Chris Gregoire said on Aug. 12 that state agencies should prepare to cut 4-7 percent, about $500 million total, from their budgets for the current fiscal year ending June 30, 2011. Lambert said the presidents heard that message again, with a little more definition.

 

“The Governor is expected to announce across-the-board cuts of 6 percent on Oct. 1,” Lambert said, adding that agencies would be asked to submit reduction plans by Oct. 13. What that means for Shoreline isn’t at all sure.

 

“While the Governor will ask for 6 percent, the federally required maintenance-of-effort threshold for taking the stimulus money would say about 4 percent for higher education,” Lambert said. Six percent would be about $74 million, putting the SBCTC share at about $38 million. However, if maintenance of effort is considered, that means about $48 million cut from higher education with about $25 million coming from the SBCTC.

 

“And, while recent cuts have distributed evenly across the colleges and it is likely they’ll continue in that fashion, there’s no guarantee,” Lambert said.

 

At this point, Lambert said, methods to achieve a 4 percent reduction wouldn’t likely involve layoffs and were identified back in July when a similar cut was anticipated. Those methods included:

  • Lapsed salaries from employees who leave and the positions aren’t filled
  • Tighter spending controls
  • Moving employee salaries off state funding support
  • Goods-and-services spending reductions

A 6 percent reduction plan might have to include people, Lambert said, adding that the 10 percent level must include staff restructuring. “The question is, looking ahead, what’s the right mix of cuts and when,” Lambert said. “And, we won’t have much time to decide.”

*Lambert shares vision of college future

Lambert, presidents
to meet on budget

The presidents of Washington’s community and technical colleges will be meeting Friday, Aug. 27, to discuss next budget-related steps.

 

“The governor told us there would be cuts, then Congress stepped in and we all breathed a collective sigh of relief,” Shoreline Community College President Lee Lambert said at a Thursday, Aug. 26 brown-bag lunch meeting. “Then, a week later, (the governor) came back and said be prepared for cuts.”

 

Lambert said it appears that higher education will be in for a cut in the range of 4 percent for the current year, ending June 30, 2011. Gov. Chris Gregoire has noticed state agencies to plan for such a reduction starting Oct. 1. She also said she will ask the Legislature to pass additional this-fiscal-year cuts in January.

 

Lambert described a best-case scenario as near the 4 percent target with cuts in one-time spending. The other end of the spectrum would be cuts of double that number and permanent.

 

“We’ll know more after Friday’s meeting and I’ll share what I can as soon as possible.”

Attendees at a brown-bag lunch with President Lee Lambert were expecting to get a glimpse of what the future holds for the college.

 

What they weren’t expecting was Lambert’s vision of how bright that future might be.

 

“There is tremendous opportunity in front of us,” Lambert said to about 40 people in the Quiet Dining Room in the Pagoda Union Building on campus. Another 20 people participated in the event Webcast via Elluminate.

 

“The Chinese character for crisis is the same as for opportunity.”  Lambert acknowledged that with current pressures on higher education from the ongoing economic downturn, many people are scared. “We’re all scared, but that is an opportunity for those who don’t let their fear take hold of them so that they can’t move. Yes, things will look different, but we will be world-class by seizing the opportunities presented to us.”

 

To do that, Lambert said, hard realities must be acknowledged and the available technology must be embraced to continue to provide the quality education that is Shoreline’s reputation. “If we do that, we will be here at the turn of the next decade,” he said.

 

Not just be here, but be here as a college with double the enrollment reaching students around the globe.

 

“Technology can provide the platform to build a college within a college,” Lambert said, comparing the idea to a store that has a physical location to serve some customers, but also an online, or virtual, store to serve many more. “What if we had a virtual store?”

 

Lambert said Shoreline’s partnership with Blackboard Inc. is bringing the opportunity to use cutting-edge technology to deliver learning anywhere, anytime. “This is an opportunity for us,” he said. “Students could register, pay and learn and never come on campus.”

 

Lambert said that can’t be done now at Shoreline or any other community college in the state. “If we do that, I see a bright future and that said, we’re going to double our enrollment and we’re going to do it at a lower cost,” he said. “The only person stopping us is ourselves.”

 

Lambert said he knows people are tired of hearing about budgets and FTEs. “I hate talking about budgets and FTEs,” he said. “I believe in the liberal arts, but the world shifted on me like it did for all of us. The question is, ‘How can we make it better?’”

 

A key step, Lambert said, is acknowledging reality, much the way Adm. James Stockdale did during seven years as a POW during the Vietnam War. Coined the “Stockdale Paradox” by author Jim Collins in “Good to Great,” the idea is to avoid setting goals based on conditions you don’t control. Collins quotes Stockdale as saying: “This is a very important lesson. You must never confuse faith that you will prevail in the end—which you can never afford to lose—with the discipline to confront the most brutal facts of your current reality, whatever they might be.”

 

“We live in an ambiguous world, riddled with paradox,” Lambert said. “Nothing will change that, but if we pull together, we’ll all be better off.”

* SCOF entitles students to discount on Regional PugetPass

  Regional PugetPass (loaded onto ORCA card)
 Reimbursement Process

 

Students enrolled at Shoreline Community College who have purchased an ORCA card and loaded a Regional PugetPass (RPP) onto it, are entitled to a reimbursement of up to $105 per quarter or up to $35 per month thanks to the Sustainable Commuter Option Fee (SCOF). 

 

Student Body President, Robin Aranas has prepared this document to simplify the process for current students who use the RPP.

 

1.      After purchasing an ORCA card, purchase and load a Regional PugetPass, (not E-purse or other types of passes) onto your ORCA card. The web site should state, “Purchase a Regional PugetPass valid on one or more Agencies’ services.”  Choose a Category of Fares which best fits your daily commute depending on your age, zone and type of transit. (Chart provided below).

 

2.      After purchasing/loading a Regional PugetPass, take the following documents to the Campus Cashier:

·        Receipt

·        Proof of Identification I.D.

·        Bank or Credit Card Statement (showing proof of purchase)

·        Claim of Bus Pass Subsidy” (Provided by the Campus Cashier)

 

3.      The “Claim of Bus Pass Subsidy” must be submitted within 15 calendar days of the end of the month for which the pass was purchased: for example, subsidy for a September pass must be claimed by October 15. A check will be mailed to the address on the student’s official college record. Allow 20 days from submittal of the form for mailing of payment. You will receive a mail within three weeks from SCC containing a check.

Simple Rules:

·        Eligibility of the reimbursement only applies to enrolled SCC students who paid all charges for the quarter including the SCOF fee.

·        Adults who purchased Youth or Senior Passes will not be reimbursed.

·        Subsidy will not exceed the cost of the pass. Only a Regional PugetPass will be reimbursed.

·        Students who purchased an SCC Parking Permit are eligible for the reimbursement.

 

For questions, please stop by the Student Leadership Center, PUB 9301

 
Category of Fares

 

Metro Transit Fares

http://metro.kingcounty.gov/tops/bus/fare/fare-info.html

 

 

Off-Peak All Zones

Peak One Zone

Peak Two Zone

Adult

age 19-64

$2

($72/month)

$2.25

($81/month)

$2.75

($99/month)

Senior with Regional Reduced Fare Permit

75c

($27/month)

75c

($27/month)

75c

($27/month)

Disability and Medicare card holders with Regional Reduced Fare Permit

75c

($27/month)

75c

($27/month)

75c

($27/month)

 

Youth

age 6-18

75c

($27/month)

75c

($27/month)

75c

($27/month)

Peak Hours: Monday to Friday 6-9a.m. and 3-6p.m.

 

 

Community Transit Fares

http://www.commtrans.org/Fares/FaresAndPasses.cfm

 

 

Local

Commuter

South/Everett

Commuter

North/East

Adult

age 19-64

$1.75

($63/month)

$3.50

($126/month)

$4.50

($162/month)

Reduced Fare

(65+, Disabled, Medicare)

75c

($27/month)

$1.50

($54/month)

$1.75

($63/month)

Youth

age 6-18

$1.25

($45/month)

$2.75

($99/month)

$3.75

($135/month)



Sound Transit Express Fares

http://www.soundtransit.org/Riding-Sound-Transit/Fares-and-Passes/ST-Express-Bus.xml

 

 

One-Zone

Two-Zones

Multi-county

Adult

age 19-64

$2.00

($72/month)

$2.50

($90/month)

$3.00

($108/month)

Reduced Fare

(65+, Disabled, Medicare)

75c

($27/month)

$1.25

($45/month)

$1.50

($54/month)

Youth

age 6-18

$1.00

($36/month)

$1.75

($63/month)

$2.50

($90/month)

 

Purchasing Directions

For first time ORCA Card users

 

1.      Online

·        Go to www.orcacard.com

·        Click on Need a Card (costs $5)

·        On the bottom, click on the link Create My ORCA Account now!

·        Fill out the Personal details form to create account.

·        Confirm your New Account

·        Click Have a Card then Log In

·        Pick “Purchase a Regional PugetPass, valid on one or more Agencies’ services”

·        Choose the type of fare depending on your Category of Fares

·        Purchase the amount needed.

·        Print and keep the Receipt and Bank Statement.

 

2.      In Person

·        Option A

o       Purchase the ORCA Card at ORCA Customer Service Office

 

·        Option B

o       At participating ORCA Retail Outlets

 

ORCA CUSTOMER SERVICE OFFICES

 

King County Metro Transit provides public transportation services throughout King County.

 

·        King Street Center 201 S. Jackson St. Seattle, WA Monday - Friday 8:00 am to 5:00 pm

·        Westlake Customer Stop Downtown Seattle Transit Tunnel Westlake Station (west end on the Mezzanine near Macy's) Seattle, WA Monday - Friday 9:00 am to 5:30 pm Disabled or Temporary Regional Reduced Fare Permits not available at this location. Senior permits are available.

·         http://metro.kingcounty.gov Rider information: 206-553-3000 TTY Relay: 711, 888-889-6368

 

Community Transit provides public transportation services throughout Snohomish County.

 

·        Lynnwood Transit Center 20110 46th Avenue W Lynnwood, WA. 425-348-2350 Monday-Friday: 7:00 am to 6:00 pm Closed: Saturday, Sunday and holidays

·        www.communitytransit.org Rider information: 425-353-RIDE (7433) Toll-free: 800-562-1375 TTY: 711 / 425-353-7433

Sound Transit provides public transportation services throughout King, Pierce and Snohomish counties.

·        ***Sound Transit does not have a walk-in center available to sell passes.*** http://www.soundtransit.org/ 888-889-6368 TTY Relay: 711/1-888-889-6368

ORCA RETAIL OUTLETS

 

King County

 

 Saar’s Market Place

• 14905 4th Ave SW – Burien

• 3208 NE Sunset Blvd – Renton

• 9000 Rainer Ave S - Seattle Monday-Saturday: 9 am to 7 pm

 

Safeway

• 1423 NW Market St - Ballard

• 300 Bellevue Way – Bellevue

• 27035 Pacific Ave S – Des Moines

• 6911 Coal Creek Parkway - Newcastle

• 8704 Greenwood Ave – Seattle

• 4754 42nd Ave SW – Seattle

Monday-Sunday: 9 am to 9 pm

Vashon Thriftway

9740 SW Bank Road, Vashon Monday-Sunday: 8 am to 9 pm

Bartell Drugs

1404 3rd Avenue, Seattle

Monday-Friday: 8 am to 9 pm

Saturday: 8 am to 8 pm Sunday: 9 am to 7 pm

 

Island County

 

Freeland Liquor/Ken’s Cubby

1614 E Main Street, Freeland

Monday-Saturday: 10 am to 7 pm

Sunday: Noon to 5 pm

 

Kitsap County

 

Kingston IGA

10978 SR 104, Kingston

Monday-Sunday: 7 am to 10 pm

Safeway

• 2890 NW Bucklin Hill Rd – Silverdale

• 1401 NE McWilliams - Bremerton

• 900 N Callow – Bremerton

• 253 High School Rd NE - Bainbridge Island

Monday-Sunday: 9 am to 9 pm

 

 

Pierce County

 

Saar’s Market Place

• 6411 Lakewood Towne Ctr Blvd – Lakewood

• 13322 Pacific Ave S - Parkland

• 6414 Yakima Ave - Tacoma

• 1015 N Pearl St - Tacoma Monday-Saturday: 9 am to 7 pm

 

 

Snohomish County

 

Roger’s Market

23120 56th Ave W, Mountlake Terrace

Monday-Sunday: 7 am to 11 pm

Safeway

20500 Olympic Place, Arlington

Monday-Sunday: 9 am to 9 pm

 

http://studentparliament.wordpress.com/2010/08/02/buss-pass-orca-card-information/  

 

ORCA web site: https://www.orcacard.com/ERG-Seattle/p1_001.do 

 

* Gregoire says budget cuts still needed

The state budget yo-yo is continuing to move and Shoreline Community College officials are preparing to respond.

 

On Thursday, Aug. 12, 2010, just a week after breathing a sigh of relief over continued federal Medicaid funding coming to the state, Gov. Chris Gregoire warned that budget cuts of 4-7 percent are coming anyway, starting Oct. 1.

 

Gregoire didn’t stop there.

 

“I am asking agencies to prepare for a supplemental budget by looking at cuts of $500 million from today’s budget,” she said, adding that she’ll ask lawmakers to take action on the supplemental budget as soon as they convene in January.

 

Then, Gregoire announced that she is asking agencies to prepare and submit in September what she called “decision packages” aimed at how to cope with the projected $3 billion shortfall projected for the two-year cycle that begins July 1, 2011.

 

“Finally, I am taking action today to reduce spending in our welfare-to-work program by at least $51 million,” Gregoire said.

 

The news came as the Shoreline Community College Board of Trustees met in the first of a two-day retreat at the Lake Forest Park campus. College President Lee Lambert said that while the news isn’t unexpected, it is disappointing.

 

“We were hoping that the federal funding would stave off the need for immediate cuts,” Lambert said. “However, it is clear from state revenue reports that the economy continues to slip.”

 

Lambert said that staff at the State Board of Community and Technical Colleges is working to understand what this latest announcement will mean for individual colleges. A message sent to all presidents says an estimate of individual college impacts will be communicated as soon as possible.

 

“We’ll be getting details from the state board and then looking at what that means for us,” Lambert said. Lambert is scheduled to meet with his senior executive team Monday morning, Aug. 16. “Unfortunately, I’m sure this is what we’ll be talking about.”

 

Board of Trustees Chair Jerry Smith said the news emphasizes the need for the college to be ready to respond quickly to changing economic conditions. “We still need to serve students,” Smith said during a discussion at the board retreat. “But we have to be nimble, not just react, but be proactive as the situation changes.”

* Jane McNabb named Chief Advancement Officer

JaneMcNabbmug.jpgAt a time when reliance on state funding is becoming more and more precarious, Shoreline Community College is taking a strong step toward stability.

 

“I’m very pleased to announce that Jane McNabb is coming to the college as Chief Advancement Officer,” President Lee Lambert said. “This position is new to the college, but critical to its future as we move into this era of reduced public support and increasing public need.”

 

McNabb will oversee the Office of Advancement, which includes the Public Information Office (PIO) and the Shoreline Community College Foundation. PIO is led by Jim Hills, special assistant to the president for communications, marketing and government relations. Ritva Manchester is responsible for community outreach efforts and has been interim director of the foundation. While McNabb will assume the foundation director title, Manchester will continue to work on foundation, advancement and outreach projects

 

“Jane’s job will be to work with existing partners, form new alliances and look for ways to reduce our reliance on public funding so we can continue to serve our students and our communities,” Lambert said.

 

McNabb comes to Shoreline from Florida where most recently she was executive director of the St. Joe Community Foundation, the charitable arm of one of Florida’s largest land developers. McNabb also served for 10 years as executive vice president of the Florida Chamber of Commerce Foundation, a public-policy research organization, where she helped raise more than $5 million under a “WorldClass Schools” campaign.

 

In the realm of higher education fundraising, McNabb has served as associate vice chancellor at University of North Carolina at Charlotte, director of leadership gifts at Florida State University and director of corporate and foundation relations at Virginia Tech University. In 1991 at Virginia Tech, McNabb was responsible for raising $12 million, nearly half of the foundation’s total that year.

 

McNabb earned a Bachelor of Science degree in history from State University of New York, Albany, in 1981. She holds a Master of Arts in liberal studies degree from Hollins University in Roanoke, Va., awarded in 1989.

 

“Raising money for a college means being able to meet the needs of more students, the community  and our partners,” McNabb said. “Times are tough out there, but there are still people of wealth and businesses willing to support the programs they believe in.”

 

McNabb said she’s looking forward to bringing her fundraising experience and expertise to Shoreline, a geographic leap from Florida that isn’t quite as far as it might sound. McNabb said her husband retired from the faculty at Virginia Tech and moved to property in the Canadian Gulf Islands near Vancouver Island.

 

“I went there and tried to slow down, but I’m just not ready,” McNabb said with a smile during her interview process in July. “I have a talent and I want to use it.”

 

McNabb is scheduled to start on Sept. 7, 2010.

* President Lambert says immediate budget cuts won't be needed

leebrownbag080610.jpgAmong a number of subjects covered at a brown-bag lunch discussion with Shoreline Community College President Lee Lambert, the one that drew the most attention was the likelihood that immediate budget cuts won’t be needed.

 

“Thanks to the Senate, it looks like we’re over the biggest hurdle,” Lambert said at the noon, Friday, Aug. 6, 2010 gathering in the PUB Quiet Dining Room. “The Medicaid money fills a huge gap for the state. It suspends, I hope, the need to make immediate reductions.” (See related story).

 

Lambert cautioned that state economic conditions could still change and impact the college budget. “Things could go the other way this fall,” he said, adding that he has asked the vice presidents to think about contingencies if the threat of midyear cuts returns.

 

Lambert agreed with a comment from faculty member Gary Parks that the state’s Congressional delegates are deserving of thanks for their roles in securing the federal stop-gap funding that, if not derailed, helps the state and college budgets.

 

While concern over immediate reductions was paramount, Lambert also wanted to talk about and remind that despite the uncertainty, “A lot of good things are happening here.”

 

Lambert mentioned that he spoke Friday morning with partners in NC3, the National Coalition of Certification Centers. The national public-private partnership is a collaboration of education and industry around new and emerging technology skills in the transportation, aviation and energy industry sectors. The goal is to develop skills certifications that bridge training and employment environments.

 

“We’re one of the leadership schools in this effort,” Lambert said. Unfortunately, Lambert said, involvement in such efforts means he has to be gone from campus. “To do that, I can’t be here. And, I need to pull in others, like (Dean) Susan Hoyne, which means they are gone.”

 

In that environment, Lambert said the vice presidents become even more important in running the day-to-day operations of the college.

 

Lambert mentioned the school’s Professional Automotive Training Center as a prime example of how partnerships benefit students and the community. “If we want to do more like that, say in Music Tech for example, who do we know that we can develop those partnerships?” he said. “It can’t just be me; it has to be all of us, a total effort that gets us there.”

 

Lambert mentioned that he will join Gov. Chris Gregoire this fall on an economic development trip to China and Vietnam. “The Governor has six points on her economic agenda and one of them is attracting international students,” he said. Increasing the number of international students is also a key for Shoreline, he said, but the trip comes during the opening week of fall quarter: “I won’t be able to be here during opening week.”

 

During the meeting, faculty member Tim Payne questioned whether the college had the processes in place to handle a more partnership-oriented, entrepreneurial approach. Payne said he is taking a study-abroad group to Bali on Monday, but was on campus Friday to get the check to fund the trip. Lambert listened and by the end of the meeting, had information for Payne about where to pick up the check.

 

Faculty member Parks, who is also the current faculty union president, asked about who sets the vision for such partnerships and, while Lambert is off-campus, do the vice-presidents share the same vision.

 

“It has to be from the ground up as well as the top down,” Lambert said. He noted that the idea for the automotive program came from one faculty member, Don Schultz. “It takes a whole effort. It can’t happen without everyone working together.”

 

Payne also asked about concerns raised recently on the faculty listserv over guidelines for attending a forum during an administrative-position hiring process. Lambert responded that as soon as he’d heard about the restrictive guidelines, “I spoke to those involved and said that was not OK.” He added that there are some positions on this campus for which the hiring process should be as open as possible.

 

Questions came back to the budget and faculty member Karen Kreutzer asked for clarification about the potential for immediate budget cuts.

 

“I don’t anticipate cuts by the end of August unless we get a surprise from the state,” Lambert said. “I do think that by the end of the calendar year, we’re going to need to know about the structure of the college. The problem is, we won’t know details from the Legislature until late spring or early summer.

 

“With the Governor projecting a $3 billion shortfall, something’s got to change.”

 

Kira Wennstrom, co-chair of the Strategic Planning and Budget Committee, said that group is preparing a presentation for the opening week all-campus lunch, now scheduled for 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 21, in the PUB Main Dining Room. “We’ve been working this summer on gathering enrollment information and internal strengths and weaknesses,” Wennstrom said.

 

Dean Norma Goldstein gave an update on accreditation efforts.

 

“A lot of work has been done, but now its time for everyone to get involved,” she said. “I’ll be doing a session during opening week titled, ‘What students, faculty and staff should know about accreditation.’ We are a learning institution and we’re learning how to do this.”

 

Faculty member Karen Toreson asked about the status of the Center for Business and Continuing Education, the Lake Forest Park campus and the Five-Star Consortium.

 

“Lake Forest Park is winding down,” Lambert said. “We’re not backing down on continuing education; the Business Accelerator program is moving forward, we do a lot of contract training and we’ll have the Plus 50 initiative. We just have to go about it in a different way.”

 

Lambert said progress on the Five-Star Consortium - a collaborative agreement between Shoreline, Edmonds, Everett and Cascadia community colleges as well as Lake Washington Technical College – has been “a little slow.”

 

“The presidents have not sat down and talked for awhile, but other discussions are on-going,” he said. He noted that faculty member Elizabeth Hanson recently spoke with peers from the other schools, although Hanson’s comments mirrored the “slow” characterization.

 

“Lake Washington and Edmonds folks didn’t really know about it,” she said. “But they were pleased it is happening.”

 

At the end, Lambert said that despite duties pulling him off-campus, he urged people to share their thoughts and concerns with him by e-mail.

 

“Things are tough and we have fewer people being asked to serve the same number or more students,” he said. “There will be slippages, but let’s try to be compassionate, understanding and not beat ourselves up. There’s a lot of good work happening here.”

* Senate action may keep cuts at bay, for now

It appears that action in the Other Washington may stave off the need for $800,000 to $1 million in immediate budget cuts at Shoreline Community College.

 

 “This looks like some good news, for now,” Shoreline Comm unity College President Lee Lambert said Thursday, Aug. 5, 2010. “Work remains to be done in Congress before this is finalized. However, this could ease one of the reasons Olympia warned all colleges two weeks ago to prepare for significant and immediate cuts.”

 

Lunch and a budget

SCC President Lee Lambert will host a brown-bag lunchtime discussion of budget issues, noon-1 p.m., Friday, Aug. 6, in the PUB Quiet Dining Room (9208).

The session will be Webcast via Elluminate at http://tinyurl.com/allcampusmeetings and keying in your name (you do not need a password). If you are new to Elluminate, please prepare by going to: http://www.shoreline.edu/elfaculty/elluminate.html. For assistance, contact the eLearning Helpline at ext. 6966. The session will not be recorded.

Session attendees are asked to be mindful of individuals with chemical sensitivities and abstain from wearing personal care products (including hair products, perfume or cologne) containing chemicals or fragrances.

The “this” Lambert referred to is a series of votes over two days in the U.S. Senate related to HR 1586. Now headed for the U.S. House, the bill has $16 billion to extend the Federal Medical Reimbursement Program, federal funding support to states for Medicaid expenditures. The bill also includes about $10 billion in support for K-12 teachers.

 

Washington state counted on the Medicaid portion of the extension when passing its most recent budget. Twenty-nine other states also counted on the extension. In July, Gov. Chris Gregoire said that without the extension, the state would lose about $480 million, and she was considering calling a special session of the Legislature to move ahead with needed budget cuts.

 

While no specific reduction number was given to Shoreline Community College in anticipation of those cuts, Lambert and college officials used previous reductions to estimate the school’s share at $800,000 to $1 million range. On July 26, Lambert said that cuts could come as soon as Aug. 31.

 

“It looks like that timeline is on hold for now,” Lambert said. “However, with all the uncertainty, I have asked the vice presidents to consider options should this all turn around again. It may still be prudent to hold back on some spending.”

 

While the federal action may be a short-term reprieve, all involved are warning there is still an ongoing economic crisis.

 

According to news reports, Gregoire said Wednesday morning that the state’s September and November revenue forecasts will be key. Recent monthly reports show revenue falling short of projected levels. Gregoire has said during recent public forums on the budget that she expects a $3 billion budget shortfall for 2011-13, deepening to as much as a $9 billion hole for the following biennium.

 

While welcoming Thursday’s news from D.C., Lambert said it just puts the college back on its previous budget-planning track. That process will start in September when the Strategic Planning and Budget Committee is scheduled to report on work done over the summer break.

 

“Hopefully, Congress is giving us some breathing room to consider these longer term issues,” Lambert said. “There’s no question in my mind that, given the depth of cuts the Governor is talking about, not just Shoreline but the entire college system will have to change in the coming years. I want Shoreline to have a hand in shaping that change.”