CGCC Lays Off Five In Budget Cutting Effort

Columbia Gorge Community College has laid off five employees in the last two weeks as the school continues efforts to close a two-point-four million dollar budget gap for the 2015-16 fiscal year.  College President Frank Toda says a voluntary employee resignation program and leaving vacant positions open along with the layoffs provided just under one million dollars in savings for 2015-16.  He says the search for more savings continues as school administration looks to present a balanced budget to the CGCC Board of Education by the end of April.  Toda says he has reduced travel and eliminated vacant positions in his own budget.  He adds there is a possibility of another round of layoffs if their current efforts do not completely close the budget gap.

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