KEENE, N.H. — Keene State College’s interim president will host a video chat for prospective students and their families next week.

Interim president Melinda Treadwell tells New Hampshire Public Radio she wants to be direct with parents about the future of the college instead of waiting for them to “fill in the blanks.” The talk comes a month after Treadwell announced a financial restructuring plan to address budget problems spurred by declining enrollment.

The college is offering buyouts to faculty and staff. College officials may consider layoffs as well.

A contract agreement has been reached with three campus staff unions. Treadwell says she wants the agreement signed before the new year.

The college is adding programs in construction safety sciences and computer sciences next fall.

Information from: WEVO-FM,

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