Board approves first step to lease new building planned in Castroville

Email this article 08/16/2013

The SWTJC Board of Trustees approved a memorandum of understanding with the Medina Valley ISD Thursday night (Aug. 15) opening the way for the college to begin offering academic classes at a new facility in Castroville.

According to SWTJC President Dr. Hector Gonzales, plans call for the Medina Valley ISD to construct a 12,000 square foot building on the campus of Medina Valley High School to house classes for SWTJC.

"Medina Valley officials approached us and really want to help us expand our presence in Castroville," Dr. Gonzales said. "They are willing to phase in the price of the lease to give us time to get enough students to make it economically sustainable for us."

The proposal presented to the board calls for the lease to begin at $36,000 and gradually rise over five years to a total of $80,000. Board members approved a memorandum of understanding for two years with an option to renew for an additional two years.

In other matters, the board approved placing a proposal to adopt a tax rate of 13 cents per $100 valuation on the agenda of a future meeting. Public hearings to discuss the proposed tax rate will be held at noon on Aug. 29 and at 6 p.m. on Sept. 5. The proposed rate is the same as the current rate.

Board members also approved increasing the Optional Retirement Plan matching rate to match the TRS rate and approved authorizing architects to develop a site plan for the Crystal City Center incorporating a 50 x 200 building the Economic Development Council of Crystal is considering gifting to the college for the purpose of expanding technical program offerings.

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