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Feathe River Bulletin Wednesday, May 5, 2010 3A | tinda SatchweU identify cost savings, do Staff Writer transparent communication Isatchwell@pturnasnews.com about the money and arrive at as much savings as we A seemingly innocuous re- possibly can, and fhen we'll quest for board approval of see what we need to do." "employee requisitions" at Taylor said he was carry- Feather River College's ing on the discussion of era- April board of trustees meet- ployee requisitions in that, ing became the jumping-off light. As a primary example, point for further discussion Taylor said he was cutting of the budget shortfall and a the database administrator warning of likely staff and position to 80 percent time if program cuts in the near fu- the board approved its per: ture. manent status. President Dr. Ron Taylor's Staff suggested it could request to turn a number of" possibly be less than 100 per- temporary college positions cent he added. Further, Tay- into full-time ones might lor said that although the su- have seemed counter his pervisor for this position message about the necessity "insists we shouldn't lower of "global" budget cuts. this to less than 88 percent, Scratch the surface, how- I'm basically playing hard ever, as Taylor did for those ball." attending the April 15 board In response to a comment meeting, and it's clear he's by board president Bill El- staying on point, liott, Taylor agreed this kind Taylor began by saying of position usually involves the college has had a history recruiting outside of the lo- of using temporary staffing cal area. He said he hoped to save money. If a position the current database admin- is staffed as temporary for istrator would apply for the more than 195 days, howev- permanent position. er, it's in breach of law. An It remains an open ques- employee has the right at tion said Taylor, whether that point to be made perma- "we can get a pool of candi- nent and have access to the dates with adequate qualifi- union and collective bar- cations who will do this job gaining Taylor said. at this salary for this kind of He reminded the board commitment." that during special board If not, he said it would be meetings held a few months back to the drawing board. ago they were confronting "That's the person who is potential layoffs. "One big the keeper of the health of chunk of need had to do with our database. If we don't several hundred thousand hire a database administra- dollars in order to convert tor, we die all of a sudden in positions that are currently about two weeks, because staffed temporarily into per- the database needs mainte- manent roles." nance." He also said if it's an ab- A second and similar ex- solutely necessary position, ample of Taylor's delicate the college ought to commit to staffing it permanently. The employee requisitions before the board at the April meeting, marked the begin- ning of that process, one that Taylor envisioned tak- ing about three years to complete. Harking back to the spe- boar meetings again, reminded b6ard members that the resolution of the layoff "conflict was that the balancing act involved con- "Basically, it's the fifth was doing so again now; for vertingthe assistant athletic year with the same uni- the 2010 - 11 budget, during trainer to permanent status, forms," he said. which the committee was Taylor is listing it at 70 per- ',Well, make it six," an-"going through the same cent of full time when it swered West. nickel and dime discussions makes the change. Trueblood explained that ... they've got a gap of over He said he had Merle Title IX requires new uni- $800,000 and they've identi- Trueblood in his office theforms every two to three fled $400,000 worth of say- previous day telling him years. In addition, he wasn't ings. Maybe." that the position couldn't asking for more money he Taylor went on to say the possibly go below 75 percent, said. To stay within his buck stops with him, "I'm Even that is a cut from howscaled down budget, he was the guy .who has to find the much time the assistant ath- transferring money from his middle ground that makes letic trainer currently travel budget to pay for the some kind of sense." works, uniforms. His frustration was appar- When board member Leah Taylor again tied the dis- ent, however, when he ex- West questioned whether cussion back to the larger plainedthat he'd presented a the position could be cut al- budget issue: "As CEO I un- list of the more than 20 posi- together, Taylor told herderstandthere are necessary tions with current or pro- he'd been informed it wascosts to run a program. I as- posed vacancies, sent them necessary for safety reasons, sume helmets and uniformsto staff, and brought them to A trainer needs to be pre- are part of that, as is a train- the strategic planning com- sent at all trainings ander. Once you've identified mittee and said, "Let's do competitions in case an ath- what the necessary costs are some triage. Is there any- lete is injured, and some- ... that isthe budget, thing wecan do without times there are games going "If, in fact, all of our bud- on in two different places at gets taken together are too the same time, which means much expense, and we don't two trainers need to be on have the revenue for that, staff, then indeed, we eliminate On the other hand, to one athletic team so that the Trueblood's assertion that others can play in uniform." 70 percent time just wasn't Taylor went on to address enough, Taylor gave his an- the fundamental budget is- swer in terms that have larg- sue, which he termed, "a lit- er, institutional implica- tle more global." He said tions: "You need to under- he'd sat in'on budget com- stand where I'm sitting. We mittee talks in the past and actually have campus con- stituents saying, 'Don't even hire this.' "The threat being, 'We won't agree to salary cuts, layoffs, anything, unless you don't hire this job.' 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