SWTJC trustees approved a $44.5 million draft operating budget for fiscal year 2013-2014 during their regular monthly meeting on June 21.
The budget represents a $2.1 million increase over the current fiscal year. Most of the increase is needed to make principal and interest payments for the new Del Rio revenue bonds and to absorb $500,000 in costs due to the culmination of a Title V grant.
Included in the budget is a 3% pay increase for all full-time employees making $30,000 or less and the equivalent of a 1.5% pay increase for all other full-time employees, including faculty.
Board members also approved a one-year contract for President-Elect Hector Gonzales, Ph.D., who will assume the presidency on Aug. 1. Gonzales will receive a salary of $112,000 and will take up residence in the president's house, owned by the college, on Garner Field Road.
First item of business on Thursday night's agenda was the recognition of rodeo standout Morgann McDonald who finished fifth overall in the College National Finals Rodeo held June 9-15 in Casper, Wyoming.
"Morgann is a great credit to our program," rodeo coach Roy Angermiller said. "She is a fantastic athlete, but even more importantly she is an excellent student who has an overall grade point average above 3.0."
Angermiller also recognized McDonald's parents, Glenn and Debbie McDonald, who were in attendance at Thursday's meeting. In addition, he advised the board that the SWTJC Rodeo held last October had been named the top rodeo in the region for the first time in school history.
"This award was a team effort and I thank everyone, especially my wife Pam, and all the volunteers, who helped us put on the best rodeo in the Southern Region," Angermiller said. "I also want to thank this board and the college administration for supporting the rodeo program. None of this would be possible without your support."
In other action, the board approved an agreement with Sul Ross State University - Rio Grande College and SWTJC giving tuition discounts to all full-time employees at both institutions.
The board also approved clarifications to the academic probation/suspension policy and hired Karen Quiroz to the English faculty. Trustees also gave the green light to begin a preliminary feasibility study on future expansion plans for the Eagle Pass campus.
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