It’s true that the rumors have been rampant. We’ve seen the Facebook postings coming far and wide.
He wrote sometime Thursday:
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“Campus community, rumors have recently been circulating that Imperial Valley College will be closing as of July 1, 2012. I want to assure the campus community that this is not the case. We have a balanced budget for 2011-2012 with a reserve above the state minimum. All segments of education have been affected by the budget crisis in California with the loss of funding over the last two years and IVC is among those feeling the effects. We are beginning negotiations with our unions and feel confident that we can all work together to ensure a fiscally sound college for generations to come.
I would like to thank all of you for your commitment to student success.”
We spoke with Jaime on Friday afternoon to ask where the rumors of the college’s demise might have started. He told us he figured it was all of the economic factors affecting education in the state that helped create a climate for such fiction.
That said, Jaime told us there was an analysis put out by a state California Teachers Association analyst that named Imperial Valley College among nine smaller community colleges that it predicted would close based on factors including short-term loans received to cover state payment deferrals.
However, Jaime said the report is not legitimate and any such information like that would have had to come out of the state Chancellor’s Office, which this report did not.