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Jacksonville, Alabama

JSU President Urges All To Contact State Legislators about Proration Issues

JACKSONVILLE -- February 23, 2001 -- JSU President Dr. Bill Meehan issued the following statement this morning:

"The Alabama Legislature is now in special session dealing with the current budget.

"The issue now before the Legislature might increase our proration from 6.2% to 9.8%. If this happens, our prorated budget would be cut an additional 3.6% which will amount to nearly $1 million or a total cut of $2.8 million. This is devastating.

"In addition to the cuts this year, the 2001-02 budget will also be reduced. This will sharply curtail any planning, purchases, additional faculty and staff.

"Below is a list of our local Legislative body. I urge you to contact them and tell them that Jacksonville State University deserves the same across-the-board treatment as all other facets of education.

"It is time for action."

Dr. Meehan also said the Alabama Council of College and University Presidents (COP) has asked Gov. Don Siegelman to give across-the-board, "equitable treatment for all levels of education" in connection with proration.

COP's letter to Gov. Siegelman states:

"Unanimously, the COP has agreed that we support equitable treatment for all levels of education in Alabama (e.g. in the event K-12 and higher education budgets are cut, any cuts should be equal across the board).

"It is our understanding that you will work to improve the situation of higher education to achieve equitable treatment for higher education with K-12. On that basis, we concur with your decision to call for a special session of the legislature and we commit ourselves to the achievement of an equitable outcome for all parties.

"Alabama's public colleges and universities provide the quality education that makes a difference for the future of this state. Indeed, K-12 and higher education are interdependent. We enroll graduates of K-12 and K-12 employs principals and teachers who are products of higher education in Alabama. It is worth remembering that 9 out of 10 teachers in Alabama's public school classrooms were prepared in Alabama's public universities."



The Honorable Don Siegelman
Governor of Alabama
State Capitol
600 Dexter Avenue
Room N-108
Montgomery, Alabama 36130


Lowell Barron (DeKalb, Jackson, Madison)
P. O. Box 65
Fyffe, AL 35971
Phone: (256) 623-2811

Gerald O. Dial (Chambers, Clay, Cleburne, DeKalb, Cherokee, Randolph, Lee)
P. O. Box 248
Lineville, AL 36266
Phone: (256) 396-5600

Del C. Marsh (Calhoun)
P. O. Drawer 2365
Anniston, AL 36202
Phone: (256) 237-8647

Larry Means (Etowah, St. Clair)
331 Albert Rains Boulevard
Gadsden, AL 35901
Phone: (256) 547-6386

Hinton Mitchem (Blount, DeKalb, Marshall)
Box 297
Albertville, AL 35950
Phone: (256) 878-1631


Barbara B. Boyd (Calhoun, Talladega)
Calhoun County Administration Building
P. O. Box 2132
Anniston, AL 36202
Phone: (256) 236-4603

Craig Ford (Etowah)
P. O. Box 8208
Gadsden, AL 35902
Phone: (256) 547-2727

Blaine Galliher (Etowah, St. Clair)
174 S. 26th Street
Gadsden, AL 35904
Phone: (256) 543-6169

Steve Hurst (Calhoun, Talladega)
155 Quail Run Road
Munford, AL 36268
Phone: (256) 761-1935

Richard Lindsey (Cherokee, Cleburne, DeKalb)
14160 County Road 22
Centre, AL 35960
Phone: (256) 475-3400

Jack Page (Etowah)
314 Haralson Avenue
Gadsden, AL 35901
Phone: (256) 546-5365

Mike Rogers (Calhoun)
51 Pawnee Drive
Anniston, AL 36206
Phone: (256) 235-2240

Gerald Willis (Calhoun)
22641 AL Hwy. 9, North
Piedmont, AL 36272
Phone: (256) 447-9038


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