Western Kentucky University is once again in wait-and-see mode. The school has announced plans to trim its budget by an additional $16 million.
State budget cuts and increased pension obligations have already forced the elimination of 119 positions to help make up for a $15 million budget shortfall.
Staff Regent Tamela Smith says the reductions have affected morale and placed more responsibilities on remaining employees.
"You've taken on more work, probably without any additional compensation. You're having to do more, and in some cases, learn new skills even," Smith told WKU Public Radio. "The people that remain, it's very hard on them for a variety of reasons. You can't not be concerned about your job at this point."