This is a challenging holiday season for those at Treasure Valley Community College. While the rest of us anticipate carols, trees and gifts, the staff of the college is busy carving $1 million out of the budget. The crisis raises significant questions, but the immediate need is to balance the books, trimming costs to match income.
The trouble looms because halfway into the budget year, college officials realized their prediction for the number of students showing up was off. Fewer students means less tuition and less money from the state to pay for teaching those students.
Enrollment, translated into full-time students, is down 11 percent from last year. But enrollment has been dropping for years. The . . .