AUBURN | The Cayuga Community College Board of Trustees expressed its full support in college president Daniel Larson and the administration during Monday night's special meeting at the college.
The meeting comes in the wake of a no-confidence vote in Larson by three of the four college's unions. The unions sent the board communication about the no-confidence vote last week.
Following a closed-door executive session Monday night that lasted roughly three and a half hours, the board released a written statement at the end meeting, which was read by board Chairman John Camardo.
"The Board of Trustees supports the College President and the Administration as they move forward to define solutions for the enrollment and budget issues," the statement said. "We will fully review the current financial situation to better understand the issues and address them."
Larson also released a written statement thanking the board for its support.
"Although I understand the frustration of the faculty and staff with the difficult situation facing the college, I am confident the college community — faculty, staff, and students — will work as partners to achieve these goals," Larson said in the statement.
In addition, the board released another written statement addressing the negotiations between the college and the Faculty Association bargaining unit. The board was "unable to reach an agreement with the Faculty Association" due to a "disagreement as to terms."
"We discussed the terms of this Memorandum of Agreement this week with the Faculty Association, and it is now clear that the parties have not and cannot reach an agreement," the statement said.
"We therefore will be pursuing financial relief through other means to address our budget shortfall."
These "other means" include increasing efforts to receive a loan and "right-sizing our staffing," according to the release.
Larson did not comment on the exact terms that caused the disagreement.
"There were a number of working pieces that needed to come together and they didn't come together," he said.
Larson also did not comment on future negotiations with the Faculty Association.
"The statement stands," he said. "Beyond that, there is no comment."
Also on Monday night, The Faculty Association and Educational Support Professionals bargaining units announced they have also passed a vote of no confidence in Diane Hutchinson, CCC vice president of administration and finance.
A press release from Eric Zizza, president of the Faculty Association, as well as Jo Ann Harris and Theresa Rogalski, ESP Co-Presidents, stated a number of reasons for the vote. The units claim Hutchinson "was irresponsible" in basing the budget on "unrealistically optimistic" budgetary goals and for "not protecting the reserve fund."
"Among other issues, this vote stems from the belief that the vice president allowed the College's reserves to be spent down to dangerously low levels," Zizza said.
The vote was not addressed at Monday night's board meeting.
Hutchinson was not immediately available for comment.