Montana Tech facing $3 million shortfall

Montana Tech is facing a $3 million budget shortfall due to state funding cuts and reduced enrollment.

Officials say there may be some staff layoffs while some unfilled faculty positions may remain vacant during the 2018-19 school year.

Provost and vice chancellor Doug Abbott told school academic leaders last week that he did not expect to lay off any faculty to balance the budget during the coming school year. He does expect cuts in athletics travel money.

Fall enrollment at Tech dropped about 10 percent off the fall enrollment in 2015.

Abbott says Tech has some reserves to help deal with the current shortfall, but that the school needs to look at being more efficient in the future.