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The Covington News - - Opinion -

We have stated many times that we be­lieve Ge­or­gia Perime­ter Col­lege is one of New­ton County’s cor­ner­stones and that it will play an im­por­tant role in the fu­ture growth of our county and the sur­round­ing re­gion.

That’s why it’s so dis­heart­en­ing to hear even more bad news for GPC, as the col­lege dis­cov­ered it’s go­ing to have to cut an­other $1.3 mil­lion, af­ter it al­ready lopped $25 mil­lion from the bud­get.

We firmly be­lieve GPC will weather this fi­nan­cial storm and come out stronger on the other side, led by ex­pe­ri­enced in­terim pres­i­dent Rob Watts, but it’s too bad the re­cov­ery is be­ing made ever more dif­fi­cult.

The ad­di­tional cuts are a re­sult of cuts across the board at state agen­cies, an un­der­stand­able stance by a state gov­ern­ment that it­self has strug­gled with tough bud­get cuts for years.

The cuts wouldn’t hurt nearly as much if the school hadn’t been in such dire fi­nan­cial jeop­ardy to be­gin with. While for­mer pres­i­dent An­thony Tri­coli is blamed for an ag­gres­sive ex­pan­sion that ran up costs, we’re anx­ious to see the re­sults of the of­fi­cial au­dit, which should shed light on the sit­u­a­tion and hope­fully en­sure such mis­man­age­ment doesn’t hap­pen again.

We don’t envy Watts’ task, as he may be forced to trim even more staff, de­spite al­ready cut­ting 282 em­ploy­ees, in­clud­ing 26 from the New­ton cam­pus. How­ever, we wish him luck and in­vite him and any­one at GPC to help us know how we can help make the univer­sity a suc­cess.

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