HC expects a drop in state funding

Staff Writer

Howard College is expected to come out on the short end of the stick again when it comes to funding.
How much, if any, of a loss the college district may take is still very much up in the air, Howard College President Dr. Cheryl Sparks told the board of trustees when they met Monday.
“Based on the information we already had before heading in to the (state budget) conference committee, then we were going to be losing money,” Sparks said.
Legislators have agreed to add $19 million back into the community college system, which helps but doesn’t erase the $25 million loss in the last 2015 legislative session. How that money shifts throughout the state’s community colleges is still largely unknown at this point, Sparks said.
“We have broad information,” she told trustees. “I don’t have specific information for Howard College but the broad information is that as far as the community college, they basically gave community colleges a $19 million increase.”