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New Budget for Black Hawk College

Extra money from the state will help Black Hawk College balance its budget. Monday night, Chief Financial Officer Steve Frommelt presented a preliminary spending plan for the coming year to the board of trustees.

He says it's very similar to the current year, but with a five per cent increase in state funding for higher education.

"For Black Hawk, a five per cent increase - I'm expecting it to keep us flat with our current year. We've had an enrollment decline, so our enrollment decline I'm expecting to be offset with that additional funding coming from the state."

Earlier this year, Black Hawk hired a consultant to help it recruit and retain students, because enrollment is now just about half of what it was ten years ago. And trustees approved raising tuition after leaving it at the same level for five years.

Frommelt will formally present next year's proposed budget at the May meeting of the board of trustees. After one month for public comment, it can be approved in June, for the fiscal year beginning July lst.

A native of Detroit, Herb Trix began his radio career as a country-western disc jockey in Roswell, New Mexico (“KRSY, your superkicker in the Pecos Valley”), in 1978. After a stint at an oldies station in Topeka, Kansas (imagine getting paid to play “Louie Louie” and “Great Balls of Fire”), he wormed his way into news, first in Topeka, and then in Freeport Illinois. While a graduate student in the Public Affairs Reporting Program at the University of Illinois at Springfield (then known as Sangamon State University), he got his first taste of public radio, covering Illinois state government for WUIS. Here in the Quad Cities, Herb worked for WHBF Radio before coming to WVIK in 1987. Herb also produces the weekly public affairs feature Midwest Week – covering the news behind the news by interviewing reporters about the stories they cover.