Budget deficit leads to hiring freeze at Buffalo State College

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BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — Buffalo State College announced that they will not be hiring anyone new during the next fiscal year.

The reason for the hiring freeze was detailed to school staff members in a note from the school’s President, Katherine Conway-Turner.

The school currently faces a structural deficit of $3.3 million, but that, along with $1.4 million in previously unfunded salary payments, brings their all-funds budget deficit to a projected $4.7 million for the fiscal year.

The root of the deficit is lower enrollment numbers.

The President’s note says that despite having a large freshmen class of approximately 1,700, attendance is down from the Fall 2015 semester. Specifically, the college has 9,475 students — roughly 800 less students enrolled than last Fall.

The school says they have been experiencing a downward trend in transfer and graduate student enrollment. Along with this, there has also been a decline in returning upperclassmen and part-time students.

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