UNCG area businesses worried over potential budget cuts

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GREENSBORO, N.C. -- The University of North Carolina at Greensboro faces approximately $12.8 million in appropriated budget cuts that not only concern students and staff but also area businesses who rely on the university for customers.

Chancellor Linda Brady said that a majority of the 120 positions potentially affected will be staff but also include course instructors. UNCG could also lose up to 600 section course next school year.

“We of course have been through a very challenging period since 2008 this is the sixth year of budget cuts for our universities,” Chancellor Linda Brady said.

Owner of Coffeeology Kyle Regan said his customers are primarily students and staff of UNCG.

“There’s definitely a focus on trying to market outside just the UNCG basis when something like that happens but no matter what you’re going to feel it,” Regan said.

Also on Tate Street is Leon's Style Salon. Stylist Eileen Prufer said that the potential cuts have been a hot topic amongst clients.

“Right now we seem to be doing okay but I hope it will stay that way, but we’re definitely aware of it because people are talking about it,” Prufer said.

Chancellor Brady said it may be until June before administration knows which particular departments will lose certain courses and positions.

“It will impact a number of instructors, faculty that we hire on a year to year basis just to have courses that are in high demand, but it will primarily affect staff. That will include staff across every division of the university from the chancellor’s office to business affairs, IT, university advancement and so forth,” Brady said.

On UNCG's website, Chancellor Brady has posted the "Provisional Budget Reduction Plan" for 2014-2015 but said it may change after the General Assembly reconvenes on May 14.

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