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John Hendrickson

APTOS -- While most students will have already wrapped up their first day of the spring semester Monday, the newly minted interim president of Cabrillo College will attend his first Board of Governors meeting.

John Hendrickson began his position Feb. 1, following the departure of former president Brian King, now chancellor of Los Rios Community College District in Sacramento.

The semester will get off to a good start with the addition of 42 new courses, and more positions and classes will be restored by fall.

At the meeting, the board will have preliminary discussions about the 2013-14 budget, though firm numbers will not be released until legislators work out details of the state budget, set to be approved in June.

At last month's college planning council meeting, members learned Cabrillo's deficit stood at $2.2 million, but that the figure would be reduced through various staffing changes. The campus was closed Friday in honor of Lincoln's birthday and officials were not available to speak. But Victoria Lewis, the vice president of administrative services, has expressed cautious optimism that Cabrillo would be operating without a deficit for the first time in years by 2014-15.

In his proposed budget, Gov. Jerry Brown has called for providing the state's 112 community colleges with $300 million and tasking them with taking over responsibility for adult education from K-12 schools. His proposal also calls for $49.5 million in additional funding to support green energy projects and $17 million to expand online course offerings.

About $197 million in general purpose funding also would be provided, the first time an undesignated apportionment increase has been proposed in almost 20 years, according to the board packet. How those funds will be disbursed, however, is not yet known.

The state also owes community colleges more than $800 million in deferred payments, and of that, Brown proposes paying back $179 million next fiscal year. However much Cabrillo receives in new revenues, administrators propose spending about half on more programs, according to the board packet.

But the good news is tempered by less-rosy aspects of the proposed budget that have Cabrillo administrators on guard. For example, Brown wants to place a 90-unit cap on the number of courses the state will subsidize, meaning students would bear the full cost of any extra units, and base funding more on how many courses students complete rather than the number enrolled.

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IF YOU GO

Cabrillo college BOARD OF TRUSTEES

WHEN: 6 p.m. Monday
WHERE: 6500 Soquel Drive, Aptos -- Sesnon House
INFORMATION: 831-479-6201 or www.cabrillo.edu