UMPI tightens up proposed budget

Posted May 29, 2009, at 9:13 p.m.
Last modified Jan. 30, 2011, at 11:47 a.m.

PRESQUE ISLE, Maine — Officials at the University of Maine at Presque Isle are putting the finishing touches on a 2009-10 budget that contains numerous cuts.

But UMPI President Don Zillman said during an interview earlier this week that the university did not have to slash nearly as much money from the budget as originally thought.

“We are pretty close to finishing it,” Zillman said. “We already have made some cuts and we are thinking about other areas that we could save money.”

Earlier this month, the University of Maine, the UMaine System’s flagship campus, had to layoff 32 employees, reduce hours for other employees, and make cuts to programs in order to cut $8.8 million from its budget.

Zillman said that UMPI also is doing some belt tightening in the area of staffing.

Campus officials have cut expenses, the president said, by deciding among other things not to fill some vacant positions and laying off a coach who was doing some teaching. Other reductions also were made in coaching areas.

“Some retirements also are happening and some departures won’t be filled,” Zillman said.

At this point, the president said, the cuts have been “modest.”

“The campus will be affected,” he said. “But the cuts are not as heavy as we thought they would be.

“We hope to have the budget finalized in about three weeks,” he said.

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