SEMO students | Photo courtesy of Southeast Missourian

SEMO plans layoffs, buyouts amid budget uncertainty



Southeast Missouri State University President Carlos Vargas announced Tuesday that 4 percent of the school’s full-time employees will be cut through attrition and layoffs.

That means 20 to 25 layoffs and 15 to 20 positions eliminated through attrition at the Cape Girardeau school. Layoff notifications will go out later this month, with a second round in the spring.

These cuts affect only staff members, not faculty.

SEMO leaders said 74 faculty and staff members are taking advantage of a voluntary retirement buyout program. There will be a hiring delay on those vacated jobs to save money.

Like all Missouri colleges, SEMO saw a 9 percent cut in funding for the current budget year. The cuts led to hundreds of layoffs and position eliminations statewide, from community colleges to Missouri’s flagship institution.

Read more: Southeast Missourian, St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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