June 29, 2016
The Mt. San Jacinto College Board of Trustees held two meetings in June 2016. The board held a facilities work session on June 15 to review capital projects. On June 23, the board held its regular meeting, which included the approval of a tentative budget for the 2016-17 fiscal year.
During the June 15 work session, the board reviewed the five-year facilities plan and an upcoming $9 billion state school facilities bond measure. If passed, the statewide bond would help MSJC maximize its Measure AA facilities bond funds. They also heard presentations on the environmental studies at MSJC campuses that are being conducted in preparation for construction of new facilities that will be funded by Measure AA. Other projects discussed included athletics facilities renovation and an update on plans for a photovoltaic field on the San Jacinto Campus.
The board also approved the purchase of modular science labs and classrooms that will act as interim facilities during the upcoming renovation of existing buildings. The board approved a $2.1 million contract for 26 modular buildings that are approved by the Division of State Architects. Of those, 15 are classrooms, nine are science labs and two are restroom buildings. Measure AA funds will pay for the modular buildings. The district plans to use the modulars during renovations and can choose to resell them when they are no longer needed.
During the June 23 meeting, the Board of Trustees adopted a tentative $80.4 million General Fund budget for 2016-17.
The unrestricted General Fund pays for operations, materials, supplies, salaries and benefits, among other things. The District’s total $218.6 million budget includes funds that are restricted for use in specific areas.
This is the largest district budget to date. The increase is due to the passage of Measure AA, increased state funding and student population growth. With an 11 percent growth rate, MSJC ranked as the fastest-growing college in the state for 2015-16. It’s on target to remain the fastest growing again for 2016-17 with a 6.46 percent growth rate for 2016-17.
MSJC budgeted for serving 12,322 full-time equivalent students, which is a four percent growth rate. If MSJC hits the targeted growth rate of 6.46% it will serve12,613 full-time equivalent students.
Highlights of the budget:
- Hire 13 new faculty, three replacement faculty members due to retirements/resignations
- Include Salary Step and Column funding
- Include Four Percent Increase for Enrollment Growth to provide more access to students
- Increase Board Reserve from 6% to 7%
The final 2016-17 budget will be presented to the Board of Trustees for adoption in September.
The board will not meet in July. It will resume its regular meetings in August.