Board Highlights

Development of a campus in the San Gorgonio Pass, acquisition of land in southwest Riverside County and renovation of the former Azusa Pacific building on the Menifee Valley campus are among items listed in the Mt. San Jacinto College 5-year construction plan.

The MSJC Board of Trustees approved the plan Thursday, Aug. 14 during the regular meeting at the San Jacinto campus. Trustee Ann Motte was absent due to a death in the family.

The plan, which maps out projects to 2014, also includes modernization projects and new construction for the San Jacinto and Menifee Valley campuses. Dr. George Kozitza, vice president of Business Services, and Jeanne O’Dell, director of facilities and planning, presented detailed information to the board on the five-year plan.

Under the plan, the first modular classroom buildings should be ready by fall of 2013 on the 48.5-acre site the district owns in the San Gorgonio Pass. The $7 million project would include landscaping, construction of parking lots and the addition of temporary buildings. The funding source has not yet been identified.

A $2.2 million, state-funded reconstruction project of Building 3000 on the Menifee Valley campus is scheduled to be completed by 2013-14. MSJC obtained the building and the 30 acres it is on from Azusa Pacific University through a court ruling issued in 2007. The college needed the land to meet the demand for space at the Menifee Valley campus, one of the fastest growing campuses in the state community college system. Azusa Pacific, a private university, had not constructed the building to standards required by the state for public education facilities. The project will upgrade the building so that it meets earthquake and other required standards.

The plan also calls for the acquisition of land for a campus in the Temecula/Wildomar areas in the next five years. The source of the $8 million dollars needed for the project has not yet been identified.

The 5-year construction plan, an annual, state-required document, is available for review in the Business Services office at the San Jacinto campus, 1499 N. State St. in San Jacinto. It will be available online soon.

Dr. Dennis Anderson, vice president of Instruction, told the board that unduplicated headcount is up 11 percent over the same time last year. Classes start Aug. 18.

The college recently received word it was approved for $300,000 in grant funds from the state Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office for California High School Exit Exam preparation, Superintendent/President Roger Schultz shared with the board.