UPDATE: 28 workers jobless at Northeast St. after budget cuts


Interim Northeast State Community College president James King made good on budget cuts promised last week- eliminating the jobs of 28 non-faculty, full-time employees.

The school will also not renew 19 part-time and full-time positions while not filling six positions that were currently open, according to a report issued Monday by the Blountville school.

King announced that $5 million in cuts would be coming to the college's spending plan in a series of corrective actions that would bring the budget in-step with expenditures. Salaries and benefits account for 75 percent of NSCC's operations budget.

The school had already cut $2.8 million in travel, operations and equipment line-items. Monday's report said no further personnel reductions are planned at this time. The Tennessee Board of Regents had already approved the cost-cutting measures.

"These kinds of decisions are always difficult and painful, but we must do what is best for the students, the community, and the future of the institution," the interim president said in a prepared statement.

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