LONG BEACH : Tentative Budget Cuts Teaching Jobs, Classes

Long Beach City College trustees have approved a tentative budget that holds the line on student fees but calls for cuts in teacher positions and a slight reduction in classes.

The $54.3-million budget for the 1994-95 school year would eliminate about 50 teaching and staff positions that have been vacant since the 1992-93 school year. The college hired temporary instructors last year to fill most of the vacant teaching positions and kept most of the other jobs open.

A decision on class cuts is not expected until August or September. Officials said some course sections probably will be eliminated, rather than entire courses.

Parking, registration and health fees at the 23,000-student college remain unchanged. State community college officials set tuition rates but plan no increases, according to a spokesman in the state office.

The trustees are expected to approve the budget in September. Last year's final budget was $55.8 million. The community colleges' fiscal year begins in July, but trustees delay final budget action until the new state budget is signed.

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