Message from President Roberts: May 16 Budget Conversation Follow-Up

Dear Colleague,

Thank you for attending our third Budget Conversation on May 16. Here is the PowerPoint presentation from the meeting for your reference. The Executive Team has also provided written responses to questions raised at the meeting that we did not have time to read aloud and answer.

From my experience, trust is fragile and something earned through lived actions and repeated follow through on promises kept. I am working to rebuild that trust by putting in place conversations and processes that invite participation in designing our budget for 2020-21. With your help, we can develop a budget process that is respectful and inclusive of all employee voices. There will also be clear expectations that the Executive Team and I will be held accountable to completing. That is why the involvement by the campus is vital.

Involvement in the budget process is also key to helping the Strategic Planning Budget Council provide recommendations to the Executive Team for budget reductions. I know this is a particularly difficult ask because the 2020-21 budget we are building will result in some of our colleagues losing their jobs.

Once the campus, Strategic Planning Budget Council, and the Executive Team have provided their input, I will have the responsibility for providing a recommendation to the Board of Trustees on a budget that meets our expenditures with realistic revenue generated for 2020-21. These are difficult decisions ahead for the College. I hope you will join the Executive Team and me in making the process reflect what is important to us as a campus community.

In the May 3 DAAG message, I shared the timeline for the 2019 Budget Planning process. As we bring this academic year to a close, our budget information is more accurate because we have actual expenditures to revenue generated rather than budgeted expenditures to revenue. The Budget Planning process is just one piece of our entire 2019-20 budget process to close a $2.3M shortfall. Here are the other proposed elements to reach a balanced budget. These numbers are also refined since our last communication:

  • Hold open some vacant positions: Saving $750K
  • Reduce budgeted expenditures by 2%: Saving $800K
  • Assess where we can grow revenue, increase enrollment, and support retention
  • Remainder (~$750K) will come from cash balances

If you have additional budget questions or requests for information, you can continue use the online comment form or the physical comment boxes in these locations:

  • FOSS 3rd Floor Break Room (Room 5325)
  • PUB 2nd floor Break Room (Room 9212)
  • 2800 Building (Math & Science Main Office)
  • 2300 Building (Health Occupations Room 2340)
  • Library Main Desk (4200 Floor)

Our fourth and final Budget Conversation will be held on Tuesday, June 11 (1:30-3:00 p.m.) in the Main Dining Room, Building 9000. I look forward to seeing you there.


Cheryl Roberts, Ed.D.
Office of the President

Video Link: May 16, 2019 Campus Meeting

To view the video of the May 16, 2019 Campus Meeting, please go to this link:

Thank you.

SIFF 2019 Opening Night and Film Scholarship Benefit Party + Volunteers needed

Please join The Foundation on Friday, May 24, 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. for wine tasting, hors-d’oeuvres, a glass of wine, a meet-and-greet, and photo ops followed by the screening of our Opening Night film, Brittany Runs a Marathon, from 7:30 – 9:00 PM. This film was the Winner of the 2019 US Dramatic Audience Award at Sundance Film Festival, directed by Paul Downs Colaizzo, starring Jillian Bell, Michaela Watkins, Utkarsh Ambudkar, Lil Rel Howery, and Micah Stock.

Tickets are $50 ($15 of the ticket price is tax deductible) and include wine tasting, hors d’oeuvres, glass of wine, meet-and-greet, and the film. Proceeds benefit the Performing Arts and Digital Film-making Scholarship awarded to students each year by the Shoreline Community College Foundation.

Want to volunteer to work concessions at SIFF films?
Have fun serving popcorn and candy and get 2 free movie tickets! Seattle International Film Festival is coming to Shoreline for the fourth consecutive year this May 24th through June 2nd.

The Foundation is handling the concessions and needs volunteers to work one shift (about 4-5 hours) through the duration of the festival. As a thank you for your time, each volunteer will receive two vouchers to SIFF films good at Shoreline and any of the other SIFF locations.

Each volunteer will also need to arrive on time or early to receive orientation of use of the Ipad sales tool and popcorn popper.

Concessions shifts are generally noon to 5 p.m. and 5 to 10 p.m. on weekends and Memorial Day and from 5 to 10 p.m. on weeknights. If interested in volunteering, please sign up at

Please do not sign up to volunteer during a film you would like to see as you won’t be able to go into the theater during your shift.

Concessions include popcorn, candy, and nonalcoholic drinks. The separate bar includes beer and wine. You must be at least 21 years of age with an ID to serve alcohol and not attending Shoreline Community College as a student.


If you have any questions please contact Karla Belmonte at

Campus closed Mon., May 27 for Memorial Day

Shoreline’s campus and all College services will be closed on Mon., May 27 in observance of Memorial Day. The College will reopen for regular business operating hours on Tues., May 28. Please plan accordingly.

Campus Housing Now Accepting Applications

Please remind students that 7000 Campus Living is accepting applications for move in this fall!

All units are fully furnished, brand new, and include utilities and high-speed internet in the rates. Current rates are $850 – $1150/month. Plenty of spaces are available in shared 2 bedroom/2 bathroom units and private rooms in 4 bedroom/2 bathroom units (all shared studios and 2 bedroom/1 bathroom units have been filled).

  • Applicants can complete a roommate survey to be matched up with roommates or they can apply with friends and live together in a unit.
  • Applicants must be at least 17 years old at time of move in and be enrolled in a minimum of 10 credits at Shoreline for fall quarter 2019.
  • Contact the Leasing Team for more information by visiting