A proposal that is going to Harrisburg Area Community College's 22 supporting school districts would reduce their contributions to HACC's operating expenses over the next four fiscal years.
If approved, the districts' contributions to HACC's operating expenses will be reduced from an aggregate of $8 million in 2013-14 to $6 million in 2014-15, $5 million in 2015-16 and $4 million in 2016-17. Capital contributions will remain at an aggregate of $1 million for the next three fiscal years and then increase to $1.5 million per year starting in 2016-17.
According to terms of the agreement, which continues the amended agreements of 2008 and 2011, acceptance by the districts constitutes approval of HACC's operating budgets during the next four fiscal years. The district boards are scheduled to vote over the next several weeks.
The agreement was negotiated over several months by members of a subcommittee of the delegate body that includes school board members and superintendents from the sponsoring districts. HACC representatives include John J. "Ski" Sygielski, HACC president; John M. Eberly, HACC vice president of finance; and Cynthia Doherty, interim vice president of the Harrisburg campus.
The agreement would not affect the tuition paid by HACC students who live outside the 22 sponsoring districts. Currently, a student in a sponsored district pays $168.50 per credit in tuition and fees; in-state residents pay $229 per credit in tuition and fees.