LINKEDINCOMMENTMORE

Tania Dall / Eyewitness News
Email: tdall@wwltv.com | Twitter: @taniadall

Pink slips could soon be making the rounds at Delgado Community College for a second time in two months.

College officials say reductions in staff and programs are being looked at to close a multi-million dollar budget gap. Like many community colleges across the state Delgado is feeling the budget crunch.

Late Friday, staff and faculty at the college got a memo warning them about possible layoffs.

'What's going on now is we're trying to find out what the options are to try and close the gap that remains for the rest of the fiscal year,' said college spokesman Tony Cook.

Last fall, Delgado faced a $13-million deficit which resulted in 46 people being let go. This spring, college officials confirm the college is facing an $8-million gap that needs to be closed by June.

Delgado say enrollment is down by 10 percent this year, forcing this second round of cuts.

On the chopping block is possible reduction in staff and faculty positions and some college programs.

'One of those options could be more layoffs and that is not something that is definite, but that is something that could happen,' said Cook.

College officials confirm that Delgado's Chancellor Dr. Monty Sullivan met with individual departments earlier this week to talk about the proposed reduction plan. A source connected to the college tells Eyewitness News that 100 positions could be eliminated.

News of these latest cuts isn't something Delgado student Lacee Gallardo likes to hear. 'I feel like the classes are still limited already. That if we keep cutting back, we're going to lose a lot of education time for people who rely on Delgado for their main degree.'

Tyler August is taking physical therapy and culinary classes at the community college. August says he has seen less tutors on campus since the February cuts.

'I think with the cutbacks we need a little bit more help and it is hard on students too,' said August.

A sad economic reality for many Delgado students wanting nothing more than an education.

'We love the school here; it's definitely part of New Orleans. It's part of Covington. It's part of Slidell,' said Gallardo.

The Louisiana Community and Technical College System Board of Supervisors must approve Delgado's newest workforce reduction plan. It is scheduled to meet next week.

Delgado says it informed staff and faculty on Friday that if any layoffs happen, they will go into effect on May 31.

LINKEDINCOMMENTMORE
Read or Share this story: http://www.wwltv.com/story/news/2014/09/03/14583082/