BANGOR - The University of Maine System is considering a plan to balance the budget for the upcoming fiscal year.
The proposed budget looks to cut 157 positions and take $11.4 million from the emergency reserves.
Officials say it's a plan they've been discussing for some time now.
"We have accumulated about a $15 million budget stabilization fund, or a rainy day fund, and it's raining," said Chancellor James Page. "And it was time to take some of those and use them so that our campuses can have enough time, a one or two year period to plan, to make those reductions that they need to make in a way which doesn't compromise, or unduly compromise, the core mission of the campus."
"There's tough cuts all the way around at each of the campuses but we have to be align with the number of students that we have today," said Sam Collins, Chairman of the University of Maine System. "And from 2007 to today, we have 2,000 less, approximately 2,000 less students in our system. So we have to be sized appropriately to serve the needs of those students coming into the system."
The plan was posted to the system's website Tuesday. It will be discussed at a committee meeting scheduled for Monday.
The system's board of trustees is expected to make a decision at another meeting scheduled for May 18-19.
This plan will not impact tuition fees. In fact, this will be the third straight year for a tuition freeze, but University of Maine System officials say it can't last forever.
The new fiscal year begins July 1st.
Lindsey joined the WVII ABC7 and WFVX FOX Bangor news team in January of 2012. Raised in Arlington, Mass., Lindsey graduated from Endicott College located in Beverly, Mass. where she majored in Communication. While attending college on the North Shore Lindsey ran the campus newspaper, the Endicott Observer, lead the Endicott Gulls field hockey team as Captain in the 2009 & 2010 seasons, and played for the women’s club hockey team.
For two years Lindsey worked at WCVB Channel 5 News Boston as an ENG producer and writer, while also filling in for various positions in
Chronicle, the station’s nightly news magazine. Additionally, Lindsey contributed to the production of two MDA Labor Day telethons.
When she’s not in the field she can be found on the ice. Lindsey helps out with Brewer’s Youth Hockey Learn to Skate & Learn to Play program and plays on a men’s league team. She also helped to establish Brewer’s first youth under-12 girl’s hockey team.