SIC board sees underfunded writing on the wall
With the current shape of Illinois' finances and the lack of any promising prospects, the Southeastern Illinois College (SIC) Board of Trustees expressed a bleak outlook regarding new funding at a recent meeting.
“Sadly, the wheels fell off and it’s stuck on the roadside,” SIC President Jonah Rice said. “While miracles do happen, this year looks to be over and done, another year without a budget with a huge shortfall of funding. Sadly, next year looks no different, except, of course, it could get worse in Illinois. Colleges and universities can only react to what’s dictated to us. It will get rough for everyone."
The bad news didn't end there, though. The board also discussed news from the American Community College Trustees Association that a federal budget proposal calls for 14 percent budget cuts to the Department of Education, which would affect federal work study positions and several grants.
After reviewing bids, the board also voted to hire an auditing firm, Kemper CPA, for the next three years.