FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - Coconino Community College’s Citizens' Review Panel is scheduled to present preliminary findings based on its in-depth analysis of the College's finances and budget at Open Houses scheduled throughout Coconino County in May.
The panel, which includes community members from Coconino County, serves as an advisory group to CCC and has been asked to study the College's budget and finances in order to make recommendations to the CCC President and District Governing Board.
“We are encouraging community members to attend the Open House in their area to discuss recommendations in resolving projected budget shortfalls of the near future in order to sustain the institution,” said CCC President Dr. Leah L. Bornstein.
Community wide open houses are scheduled from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., Wednesday, May 1 at the Flagstaff Lone Tree campus, 2800 S. Lone Tree Road and in Page and Williams from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., Thursday, May 2 at the Page campus, 475 S. Lake Powell Blvd. and CCC's Williams building, 440 S. 7th St.
Public comment and questions are strongly encouraged at these meetings because it will be included in the presentation to the College’s District Governing Board meeting on May 28.
Members of the Citizens’ Review Panel include:
Chris Bavasi, Former Flagstaff Unified School District Board Member.
Richard Bowen, Director of Economic Collaborative of Northern Arizona (ECoNA).
Coral Evans, Flagstaff City Council member.
Brynn Johns, O&M Manager of Cost Services at Salt River Project-Navajo Generation Station, Page/Lake Powell.
Mandy Metzger, Coconino County Board of Supervisor for District 4.
Molly Munger, former Community Relations Director for Northern Arizona University.
Bill Pribil, Coconino County Sheriff.
Eva Putzova, Director of Institutional Research/Policy Analyst for NAU.
Leroy Shingoitewa, Hopi Tribe Chairman.
Russ Yelton, President/Chief Executive Officer of Northern Arizona Center for Entrepreneurship & Technology (NACET).
Every year, the CCC District Governing Board struggles to balance the College’s finances with maintaining affordability and access for students, which is the College's mission. As state funding decreased over the last decade - highlighting the extremely low property tax support for CCC - the cost of providing programs and services to the Coconino County residents continues to increase. Over the years, state aid has dropped to below 10 percent and CCC students already pay the highest tuition among community colleges in Arizona.
“Putting the College on a sound financial footing is the College's primary and most significant challenge,” Bornstein said.