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Georgia Perimeter reducing staff by 185

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Georgia Perimeter College administrators will pink slip at least 185 staff members in an effort to narrow the widening gap of its projected $25 million budget shortfall.

Perimeter interim President Rob Watts unveiled the austerity proposal to faculty Friday, but said the school’s 390 tenure and tenure-track professors would go unaffected by the staff reductions. Those who avoid the guillotine will begin carrying heavier class loads full of more students.

The college’s plan to trim $25 million from its nearly $200 million budget next year remains ambiguous, Watts said, until administrators have a sense of how the deficit will impact enrollment, from which it draws a lion’s share of its funding. (The school will also receive north of $50 million in state funds for the coming fiscal year, which begins next week.)

- James Richardson

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