Alabama A&M to try to avoid furloughs in 2011

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) - Alabama A&M University President Andrew Hugine says he will look at finding cuts other than furloughs to make the budget for the upcoming fiscal year.

Hugine recommended furloughs for the 2011 fiscal year and the board of trustees approved it last month.

Hugine says ending furloughs would eliminate up to $1.6 million in savings that would have to be found elsewhere in the budget. Hugine says an increase in enrollment for the fall semester could provide an additional revenue stream.

Hugine backed off of furloughs after a warning fro the Alabama Education Association that it would file a lawsuit in response. Hugine says the warning was not a factor in his decision.

Information from: The Huntsville Times,

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