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State cuts funding for Co-Lin

Approximately $200,000 in state appropriations were cut from Copiah-Lincoln Community College’s budget and the blade could still be swinging.

President Ronnie Nettles told the Co-Lin Board of Trustees during their meeting Thursday that state appropriations account for 28.3 percent of Co-Lin’s revenues, according to an unaudited reported of revenues and expenditures published Sept. 30.

“The state board office, they asked us which knife we wanted to use,” Nettles said.

Nettles said money was taken out of the capital expense fund — money used to pay for renovation and repairs.

Nettles said the current fiscal year may see more cuts from state appropriations.

“We’re still being very conservative and cautious,” Nettles said. “I’m not convinced we’ve seen the last of these this year.”

In other business:

• The board entered executive session to discuss a personnel matter. No action was taken.

• Bid dates for the new women’s dormitory on the Wesson campus were set for Oct. 13.

• Bid dates for the re-roofing project in the Natchez Academic Center are set for Oct. 18.

• Mallory Turner was approved as the college and career readiness coordinator at the Wesson campus, effective Oct. 5.

• The board authorized the administration to fill the position of career technical education automation and control technology instructor at the Natchez campus, with ratification at the November board meeting.

• The board approved the resignation of Lane Flynt as practical nursing instructor at the Simpson County Center, effective Dec. 31.

• The board accepted a Student Support Services Grant for $293,296, effective Sept. 1, 2016—Aug. 31, 2017, for the Natchez campus.

• The board approved the Mississippi Association of Junior Colleges assessments for 2017 fiscal year in the amount of $16,057.

• A list of 32 broken computers, printers, projectors and other appliances were removed from the college inventory.

• The board approved 2016 campus security and fire reports.