The Mayors of communities that would be affected by proposed cuts at the College of New Caledonia, including Quesnel, are asking for a direct meeting with the CNC Board.
Quesnel Mayor Bob Simpson says their desire is to have a constructive relationship with the Board so that they can help them with their $2.8 million dollars financial deficit in a way that isn’t punitive to the satellite campuses.
He says they want to find creative ways of addressing their concerns without it limiting the scope of the offerings that we have in our communities or limiting the decision-making power that we believe our satellite campuses need to have in order to maintain the integrity of those campuses.
Simpson says they would like to be partners with the college moving forward as opposed to an antagonistic relationship, which he says is what people feel they have right now following President Henry Reiser’s presentations in Quesnel, Burns Lake, and Vanderhoof.
Reiser had announced that CNC was going to a one college model which would lead to layoffs and a shift in the decision-making to the central campus in Prince George.
(Files from George Henderson)