Western Kentucky University President Gary Ransdell says budget cuts at the school won’t negatively impact academic programs.
WKU Wednesday released a plan to eliminate $6 million from the fiscal year 2017 budget.
Ransdell said no degree programs or faculty positions that are currently filled are being eliminated. The cuts are the result of a 4.5 percent reduction in state funding, an enrollment decline, and a 48 percent increase in the employer contribution to the Kentucky Employees Retirement System.
Nearly $750,000 in savings will be gained by moving the school's Buildings Services and Grounds employees to a private contract with Sodexo.
However, Ransdell said during a news conference Wednesday afternoon that none of those employees will lose their jobs.
“Each employee, the 202 in our BSA work group and our grounds crew, will receive a dollar-an-hour raise,” Ransdell told reporters. “Their compensation will go from $9.26 an hour to $10.26 an hour, so they’re getting nearly a ten-percent pay increase.”