By GUY FLETCHER
ANNAPOLIS - Hagerstown Junior College officials are pushing for changes in the state funding formula for community colleges that could net them about $120,000 next year.
"This will be tremendous," said Michael Parsons, dean of instruction at the college.
Even though a $3-per-credit tuition hike - the 12th in as many years - might still be necessary, the bill would relieve the school of the necessity of making some difficult budget cuts, he said.
"It's absolutely essential," Parsons said.
Last year, the General Assembly passed legislation that changed the state funding formula. As a result of the new calculations, many larger and medium-sized community colleges in the state receiving increases in state funding, while smaller schools got no increases.