The SWTJC board of trustees met in regular session on Thursday, Aug. 21 in the Bluebonnet Room located in the Mathews Student Center.
Highlighting the evening was the appointment of Abel Ortiz as the division chair for social and behavioral sciences.
In other business, the trustees tentatively approved the tax rate of 13 cents per $100 valuation. Board members scheduled two public hearings on the proposed tax rate, which is the same tax rate as last year.
Hearings will be held at noon on Sept. 4 and Sept. 11 in the Bluebonnet Room of the Matthews Student Center.
Also in Thursday’s meeting, the board members approved to begin the process of adding an Associate of Science in Engineering program.
“This is part of the SWTJC strategic plan to help build our Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) majors,” said Dr. Mark Underwood, vice president of academic affairs.
Dr. Hector Gonzales, SWTJC President delivered his monthly report, updating the construction projects in Del Rio, Crystal City and Eagle Pass.
In Del Rio, construction is nearly complete with an open house scheduled for Friday, Sept. 19.
In Eagle Pass, staff and architects continue working on the details for their construction project and anticipate the construction documents to be ready for board consideration at the September board meeting.
Crystal City staff, architects and civil engineers have been working with city staff to finalize the surveys and documents needed for the conveyance to occur.
“Fall enrollment numbers look good, however we have some students who have payment issues and we are working to help them resolve those issues,” said Gonzales.
Gonzales also spoke briefly on the implementation of the 2014-2019 Strategic Plan Goals. “Each cabinet member is working with their departments to develop individualized goals in support of the institutional goals,” Gonzales added.
Trustees also approved the acceptance of the Ray and Edna Woolworth Estate gift in the amount of $578,587. Twenty percent or $115,717 will be used to establish a perpetual scholarship known as the “Ray and Edna Woolworth Scholarship Fund” for the benefit of SWTJC students studying in an agriculture related field.
The remaining eighty percent or $462.870 is to be used at the discretion of the board for the construction or improvement of educational facilities of SWTJC, without restrictions.
President Gonzales thanked Ray and Edna Woolworth for their generous gift, and added many students will benefit from their generosity.
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