CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The state Board of Regents on Tuesday ordered state colleges and universities to close for one week and furlough all employees for five days in an effort to save $10 million as ordered by the governor.
The regents also canceled summer school classes until after the July 1 start of the new fiscal year and told school presidents to defer all non-emergency maintenance, equipment purchases and travel.
"I've been on the board almost six years and as far as higher education is concerned this has been the darkest of all days," Board of Regents President William Watson said. "There was nothing else we could do."
Reduced Tax Revenue
Gov. Arch A. Moore Jr. last week ordered all state agencies to reduce spending by 20% through June 30 because tax income is $63 million behind estimates on which the state budget is based.