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GRCC Board of Trustees Receive Final 2014-15 Budget Proposal


By Sean P. Mulhall

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Lisa Freiburger, VP of Finance and Administration at GRCC, presents the final budget proposal.

Grand Rapids Community College’s top finance administrator presented the final $172.6 million budget proposal to the Board of Trustees Monday.

Lisa Freiburger, Vice President of Finance and Administration at GRCC, spoke in front of the board of trustees once again to update the board on minor changes from the past two weeks. The board had very few questions for Freiburger, as they have been presented similar information many times in the past couple months.

The board will vote on whether or not to approve the budget, with a general operating fund of $107.9 million, in less than two weeks, on June 14. Freiburger refused to speculate on the outcome of the vote, but chairperson Burt Bleke was more confident.

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Trustee Richard Ryscamp, left, and Vice Chair, Richard Verburg review the budget.

“This is probably the tenth time we’ve heard this information,” Bleke said. “I’d be very surprised if it didn’t pass.”

Bleke paused a handful of times to allow members of the public to ask any questions or offer any comments. The small crowd, consisting mostly of GRCC staff, has been just as informed as the board and had even less to say.

If the board votes to approve the balanced budget, programs like the Diversity Lecture Series and the Arts Outreach program will no longer be funded by the college.

The June 14 meeting will be held at 4:15 p.m. in room 108 of Sneden Hall and is once again open to the public.

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