University of Kentucky To Cut 81 Jobs

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) -- The University of Kentucky board of trustees has approved eliminating 81 jobs as the school cuts $7.3 million from colleges and support units.

The Lexington Herald-Leader reports the jobs being cut include 40 vacant staff jobs and 29 open faculty positions. An additional 12 staff members will lose their jobs.

The trustees approved a $2.4 billion budget Tuesday for the 2009-10 year.

The university will use revenue other than general tuition or state appropriations to save 22 staff positions.

Also proposed are reductions in travel, operations and research support as well as delaying some construction.

University funding has been cut by 8 percent since 2007, but Gov. Steve Beshear has proposed keeping public universities' funding flat in the fiscal year that starts next month.

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