MMA Cuts Nine Administrative Positions

CASTINE — Maine Maritime Academy recently laid off nine employees following a review of administrative positions that began this fall.

A handful of other workers will see their work year cut from 12 to 10 months, according to Richard Ericson, vice president for administration and finance at MMA.

Ericson said academy officials were prompted to review staffing after learning of a $476,000 reduction in anticipated state funding this school year.

The cuts will help the college operate efficiently during tough economic times.

The cuts were all of administrative personnel, including assistants, clerks and secretaries. Faculty and staff members involved with direct student services were not affected.

The layoffs could save MMA about $350,000 annually. The school will not realize those savings immediately because of severance packages and contractual obligations.

Ericson said he does not foresee further job cuts unless the economy takes a dramatic turn for the worse.


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Nicole Ouellette

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