SCF President: Governor’s Proposed Education Budget “Positive Sign”

(Bradenton, Fla., December 7, 2011) — In an early morning conference call with representatives from Gov. Rick Scott’s office, State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) President Dr. Lars A. Hafner received positive news for the upcoming fiscal year.

Hafner and other Florida College System presidents and business officers were invited to hear a preview of Scott’s proposed budget as it relates to higher education. For SCF, a highlight includes provisions to maintain the current level of funding for state and community colleges in the Florida College System.

“While we know it’s early in the budgeting process, we see the governor’s proposal as an important validation of the efficiencies and effectiveness we have achieved at SCF due to our astute and conservative budgeting practices,” Hafner said.

Hafner said, “The governor has presented his road map for education in Florida, and we encourage the Legislature to embrace his budget proposal as it will be good for higher education in general and specifically will benefit the students, employers and community partners that look to State College of Florida for quality education and training.”

The governor’s proposal commits to funding next year’s budget at the same level as the current year. SCF Vice President of Business and Administrative Services Dr. Carol Probstfeld, who participated in the conference call, said that SCF is committed to working within its means through good business practices and will continue careful budget management.

“At SCF we will keep squeezing efficiency out of every tax dollar we receive but there reaches a point where continued cuts would lead to harmful sacrifices. Gov. Scott’s proposed budget this year reinforces the efficient decisions we made in our current budget.”

Hafner added, “SCF has an essential role in helping the region and state meet their job creation and economic development goals as we continue providing affordable, accessible higher education to our students. The governor’s proposal, if adopted by our Legislature, will help us continue filling that vital role into the future on the fiscally sound foundation we’ve always maintained at SCF.”

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