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WKU Radcliff center to close

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No break in services expected

By Kelly Cantrall

Western Kentucky University programs in Radcliff are moving to other parts of the county.

WKU’s center in Radcliff, part of the Elizabethtown-Radcliff-Fort Knox campus, is planned to close as part of budget reductions being made across the university’s programs. The reductions are part of the fiscal year 2013-14 budget, which is expected to be approved by WKU’s Board of Regents in June.

Programs at the Radcliff campus are relocating either to the Elizabethtown or Fort Knox locations, said Robbin Taylor, vice president for public affairs. The two employees at the center will be moved to one of those locations as well.

“There won’t be a break in services,” she said.

The center on West Lincoln Trail Boulevard in a former grocery store likely will close this summer, she said.

The new Early College and Career Center, a partnership between WKU, Hardin County Schools and Elizabethtown Community and Technical College, is slated to open next year. University officials felt that with a new center opening in Hardin County, the decision to close another location was one that could be made, Taylor said.

With the new center, Taylor said the university hopes services in Hardin County could grow.

“It has nothing to do with our commitment to our services in Hardin County,” she said.

Savings to the university would be about $173,000, according to documents provided by Taylor. The university needs to cut a total of $2.1 million, which covers cost increases in the budget and allows for a salary increase, according to an email to faculty and staff from WKU President Gary Ransdell.

The cuts don’t include layoffs or reductions in base salaries.

“Our priority remains ensuring high academic quality, preserving jobs, and strengthening the esprit de core on our campus,” Ransdell said in the email. “The most important thing now is to continue to make progress and to make every effort to create an environment where all students can be successful.”

Kelly Cantrall can be reached at (270) 505-1747 or kcantrall@thenewsenterprise.com.