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|MAP Grant Losses Get Public Forum at Carl Sandburg College
|Carl Sandburg College will play host to one of a series of statewide hearings being held to try and drive home what officials feel is a huge loss with cuts in a grant program.
CSC president Tom Schmidt told the college's Board of Trustees Thursday night that the college will hold a public hearing on cuts to the "Monetary Assistance Program" -- or "MAP Grant" -- next Friday (October 2) at 11:30am at the Crist Student Center, where he says students, teachers, and parents are being urged to testify about how they're impacted by the cuts.
The Illinois General Assembly through the budget process cut in half the MAP grant dollars available, and Schmidt told the board he hoped they could be there, too.
"It would be valuable, certainly, for board persons to be in attendance," Schmidt told CSC Board members. "This is a clear message being sent to our legislative process; and, given that you serve in an elective capacity, it is meaningful for that."
Schmidt says the Office of Student Life is already working with the college's Student Government Association to make sure their presence is known, and he says other colleges in the area have also been notified and invited to attend.
Other hearings have already been held in Chicago, Edwardsville, and Normal, and a few more are scheduled following Galesburg.
The CSC Board Thursday night approved the just-completed audit for the 2009 Fiscal Year, and voted to reject all bids on the lease of two 15-passenger buses -- because, officials say, none of the bids met specifications, so the project will be re-bid.
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