Board Highlights Aug. 13, 2009

Board approves lease of building to charter school

The Mt. San Jacinto College Board of Trustees approved an agreement with a charter school to lease a building on the Menifee Valley Campus.

The agreement, approved 5 – 0 on Aug. 13, 2009 at the Board’s regular meeting, allows the Santa Rosa Academy to lease Building 3000 on the Menifee campus for $27,013.50 a month. The lease agreement is effective until June 30, 2011 and allows for a one-year extension.

The monthly fee will be used by MSJC to offset maintenance, repair and grounds-keeping expenses. The remainder will be reserved for other facility uses.

The Santa Rosa Academy is a public, K-12 charter school established in 2005. It was chartered out of the Menifee Union School District. The academy serves students in Riverside County at its site or through home study and focuses on the whole child: academic excellence, character development, artistic awareness and more.

Agreement with Banning approved for site improvements

MSJC took another step toward long-range goals to eventually build a campus in the San Gorgonio Pass area.

The Board unanimously approved an agreement with the city of Banning for the development of a temporary education facility on West Westward and Sunset avenues. Under the cooperative partnership, the city’s Community Redevelopment Agency appropriated $750,000 for on- and off-site improvements, including demolition of existing buildings, grading, water and sewer hookups and parking lots.

The facility, which could take about two years to complete, would provide a full array of educational offerings, including day, night and weekend classes. MSJC currently holds classes at Banning and Beaumont high schools, but is unable to offer day or weekend courses at those campuses. The temporary facility will have five modular buildings: one for administration and four for classes.

The Banning City Council, acting as the redevelopment agency, unanimously approved setting aside the funds during its July 14, 2009 meeting.

During the meeting, Mayor Bob Botts said the development of the campus would help the redevelopment agency's mission of bringing local jobs to the area.

"One of the first things business and industry asks is 'Where's your college?' This will go a long way in helping us with economic redevelopment," Botts said.

MSJC Board member Eugene "Gene" Kadow, who has spearheaded the effort to open the campus since 2002, and Superintendent/President Roger Schultz told the Redevelopment Agency that while their first step was to seek help from the city of Banning, they will also reach out to Beaumont, Calimesa, the Morongo Band of Mission Indians and Riverside County officials for additional funding because the college serves all of those communities.