North metro newspaper site abcnewspapers.com has a few more angles on the plan to have only one president govern both Anoka Technical College and Anoka-Ramsey Community College by next fall.
The realignment is not a merger, but the article says community members are wondering about how the new arrangement will affect jobs and resources:
And given the current and anticipated tight funding at all levels of education at the state level, there was concern that the dollars available might not remain separate for each college as they are now and instead be lumped into one allocation with less funding.
I take it a merger of resources could result in a huge tug of war between the two campuses and lead to some pitched political battles.
But the news outlet reports that man charged with listening to the concerns, retired Anoka-Hennepin School District 11 Superintendent Dr. Roger Giroux, said he has been told that the current formula will not change and funding will continue to be determined for each college on an individual basis.
Still, it remains an important point to watch.