Community college could be on the move

Community college could be on the move
LAKE ISABELLA, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) — Cerro Coso Community College could be on the move.

The Kern Community College District is reorganizing the school starting in the 2014 fiscal year.

The district plans to move the college to Kern Valley High School.

Erie Johnson, the site director at the college, said Thursday that, "The amount of revenues we have, the college has got to be doing something differently."

Diana Smith said she's a semester away from graduation.

"The other campuses never suffer the cuts that we do. and I understand why they don't want to be in the shopping center," Smith said.

Students have circulated a petition trying to stop the move. They believe it will affect students with kids.

Since the college is eliminating day classes, all the parents who took classes while their children were in school will no longer have that option.

"My concern is we have a lot of single mothers who would find it hard," said philosophy teacher Tim Little.

Opponents to the move also said it'd be tough for students who depend on public transportation. They said it'd be difficult to get a bus to and from the Kern Valley High School after a certain time of day.

The cuts center around the district's financial shortcomings, but John Linn said he sees it as something else.

"I think they're just trying to phase this campus out, and the last time they did that there was so much public outcry, they couldn't do it," Linn said.

Linn said he's been working at the college for five years. He was one of numerous teacher's assistants laid off because of the cuts. He said he's losing his job in May.

"I worked my butt off to get this job (...) and now it's just gone," he said.

And it won't be just teacher's assistant's gone. If the college moved to the high school, custodians would be cut, too. The high school already has a custodial staff in place.

One school official said these plans are just drafts. Nothing's finalized,yet.

"We have an election coming up in November, but depending on the outcome of the election, there could be a lot of things changed in the plan," the official said.

The community college district is planning on these changes by the 2013-14 fiscal year.

School officials said even if Prop 30 - the governor's plan to infuse the state budget with tax increases - passes, the district would have major revenue shortfalls to make up.