SWTJC trustees adopted a balanced operating budget for the fiscal year 2015 during their regular monthly meeting on June 19.
The fiscal year 2014-2015 budget is balanced at $40,647,599 in revenue and expenditures, down $1,557,631 from the 2013-2014 budget.
During the budget workshop, which was held prior to the regular monthly meeting SWTJC President, Dr. Hector Gonzales commented on the staff’s meticulous work on the budget.
“The staff did an excellent job,” Gonzales said. “They really scrutinized the budget.”
Contributing to the decrease in the budget were the retirements of several faculty and staff.
“We also had a lot of retirements this year. Some positions haven’t been filled. Other positions are being combined,” said Gonzales.
Immediately after concluding with the budget workshop the trustees held their regular monthly meeting.
The board of trustees approved a salary increase of 4 steps for employees earning under $30,000, 2 steps for employees earning over $30,000 and a corresponding percent increase for unclassified employees and the president’s salary was elevated to $155,000.
In other business, three division chairs were appointed including Jesus “JJ” Suarez for allied health and human services, Connie Buchanan for business industrial and technical studies and Robert Ayala for arts and sciences.
Margot Mata, vice president of student services, also updated the board on summer enrollment.
“In comparison to last year, there is a slight decrease this year in regards to headcount, however there is a 2 percent increase in contact and credit hours,” said Mata. “Currently we’re being proactive in registering for the second summer session and the fall semester, overall we are in a really good position moving forward”
In the presidents report Gonzales commented on the construction project in Del Rio. Currently the portable buildings are in the process of being removed to make room for the expanded parking area and new drive to the new building.
In Eagle Pass, staff and architects have been working on details for the upcoming construction on a physics/engineering lab, snack bar area and library.
In Crystal City, last month the city council approved the transfer of property to SWTJC for the construction of a new library.
In Uvalde, improvements continue to be made to Hubbard Hall dorm rooms and the upgrading of the remaining dorm suites.
Trustees were also presented with a newly developed strategic plan, which will unfold in the next five years. Associate Vice President of Institutional Advancement, Dick Whipple stated, “The strategic plan will focus on advancing the college’s mission through a series of objectives.”
The board also approved changes to the faculty handbook and catalog.
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