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Redlands Community College in El Reno will abolish dairy goat enterprise

El Reno's Redlands Community College will end its dairy goat auxiliary enterprise as one of its first steps in dealing with the college's current financial crisis, Redlands acting President Jack Bryant announced Monday.
by Randy Ellis Modified: July 1, 2013 at 9:23 pm •  Published: July 2, 2013

“It will be a significant cost savings, but it won't be one that will have an impact on student learning,” he said.

Employee contracts that were not renewed included those of Clay Elliott, head livestock judging coach; Clinton Mefford, assistant livestock judging coach; Sheila Spangler, funds and grants accountant in the business office; and James Turner, dairy technician, officials said.

Bryant said he asked regents to keep his salary at the $87,552 a year he had been making as Redlands' vice president for workforce and economic development rather than increasing his pay for serving as acting president. Devane, who served 24 years as Redlands' president, had been making $162,132 a year.

“If I can't lead by leadership by example, then I'm not doing my part asking other people to make cuts,” he said.

Bryant said no time frame or procedure has been established for naming a permanent president, but he has told regents he would like to be considered for the position when the time comes.

Four vacant faculty positions and three vacant staff positions will not be filled, he said. Faculty and staff travel also will be reduced and the maximum time part-time employees can work will be lowered from 29 to 25 hours per week. Leases are being reviewed.

Redlands officials have begun meeting with creditors to try to work out payout arrangements on the college's debts, he said.

Redlands made its payroll for June and has begun paying its overdue bills, starting with the ones that were the most past due.

“We paid off almost all of those that were more than six months old,” he said. “We sent out more than 300 checks on Friday, but that's just a dent. We've got a lot to recover.”

Redlands' enrollment last spring was about 2,350 students.

by Randy Ellis
Investigative Reporter
For the past 30 years, staff writer Randy Ellis has exposed public corruption and government mismanagement in news articles. Ellis has investigated problems in Oklahoma's higher education institutions and wrote stories that ultimately led to two...
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