UVM hit by first wave of cuts

UVM announced the first wave of budget cuts, totaling $10.8 million, Friday afternoon.The specifics of the cuts included laying off 16 staff members and not filling 34 currently vacant faculty and staff positions.The details of personnel-related cuts did not deviate much from those previously discussed by the administration, although they included details of cuts to sports teams and health services.”I recognize and deeply appreciate that this is not easy for anyone, especially those most directly affected,” UVM President Daniel Mark Fogel said.In the press release, Fogel outlined measures to compensate those affected by the cuts, including severance packages to laid off faculty and staff, as well as the continuation of scholarships for players on cut sports teams.A group of protestors marched to the President’s Wing in Waterman shortly after the details of the cuts were announced.The second phase of cuts, which should be announced in April, could include the layoffs of 26 additional staff members, according to the press release.In order to deal with a budget deficit of almost $30 million, the administration is planning to cut an additional $4.2 million from the 2010 budget and $1 million from the budget for 2011.What’s being cut?? 16 staff laId off? 38 staff and faculty positions left vacant? Men’s Baseball and Women’s Softball discontinued after the Spring season? Salaries frozen for non-unionized employees making over $75,000? Administrative expenditures reduced $8.3 million? Academic expenditures reduced $3.5 million? Physical therapy services eliminated? Financial aid increased by an additional $3 million