Board Highlights

The Mt. San Jacinto College Board of Trustees heard updates and took the following actions during its regular meeting on April 8, 2010:

MSJC partnered with the University of California, Riverside on the Smart Start Program, Dr. Dennis Anderson, Vice President of Instruction, told the board. The program allows high school seniors to enroll at MSJC and work toward a University of California degree. MSJC is the only community college in the state to have this partnership, Anderson said. For more on the program, go to http://trc.ucr.edu/transferPaths/Pages/SmartStartProgram.aspx

MSJC students will soon be able to take RTA buses for free to the San Jacinto and Menifee Valley campuses, said Dr. Bill Vincent, Vice President of Student Services. The Go Pass program is sponsored by Riverside County, Temecula, Murrieta, Menifee, Wildomar, Lake Elsinore, Canyon Lake, Hemet, San Jacinto, Perris, Beaumont and Banning. For more information, go to: http://www.nctimes.com/news/local/swcounty/article_0830c403-58d1-5946-8d54-25a7c35661cd.html

The board approved $606,000 for LPA, Inc. to assist MSJC with developing a Facilities Master Plan. The plan will serve as a blue print for the facilities needs the District will have into the future.

The board approved $850,200 for the manufacture, delivery and installation of modular buildings for the San Gorgonio Pass location. There will be four classrooms, one restroom building and one administration building for the campus on West Westward and Sunset avenues in Banning. The contract was a piggyback on a purchase by the Oro Grande School District, bringing the cost down for MSJC. The board approved the purchase 4-1, with Trustee Ann Motte dissenting.

The board approved a proposal for the District to work with a consultant to draw a School Facilities Improvement District boundary map within the San Gorgonio Pass area. The vote was 4-1, with Trustee Motte dissenting.

The board approved changes in parking fees for the 2011 fiscal year, which starts July 1. Motorcycle parking rates will go down from the current $30 to $20. Daily parking rates will increase from one dollar to $2. Parking fees for vehicles will be increased from the current $30 per semester to $32. In fiscal year 2012, the fee will be raised to $34 per semester. The increase is lower than the $35 originally proposed. Parking violations will go from $16 to $30. Handicapped zone parking violations will go from $250 to $330. The increase is needed in order to keep up with rising costs to maintain the accessibility and safety of the parking lots. The vote was 4-1, with Trustee Motte dissenting.