Northwest State Community College and the Northwest State Community College Education Association, both claim they were forced to cancel a fact-finding session that each had hoped would help resolve differences over centralization of power and a new contract agreement.
The education association said, in a press release, that the reason for the cancellation was the college’s failure to identify its position in contract form prior to the hearing, and also a failure to identify a representative to act on its behalf. They claim that made it impossible for the third-party ‘fact finder’ to determine what case the college intended to present.
The NSCEAA says it’s willing to reschedule for Feb. 27th however. They also say that the college has a reserve of 35 percent of the total budget and a bank balance of more than $9.3 million after total expenditures of about $26.8 million for the fiscal year 2014.
Northwest State responded, saying that the budget numbers are accurate and are the reason that the state of Ohio considers Northwest State Community College to be on solid financial footing. The fact finder, NSCCEA and college representatives are scheduled to reconvene on Feb. 27.
Meanwhile, the college’s board of trustees meet today at the school’s main campus in Archbold.