The South Plains College Board of Regents met Thursday in a regular meeting. The full report of that meeting is below:
Regents were recently approached by a company which is working with the City of Ropesville to sell property that is on the tax role but taxes are not being paid in Ropes. It is the same company that is working with Anton. The agreement was approved with little discussion. The agreement is an Interlocal agreement with the City of Ropesville.
Regents also reviewed the employment list for South Plains College. There are 12 administrative positions and approximately 650 employees with the college. It was noted that well over half of those are faculty.
They reviewed a housing fee study which was recently done by college administration. Currently room and board for a semester at SPC is $1850-2300. The Average of seven other community colleges in the state is $2400-2839. Currently Texas Tech is $3750-5694.
Regents also approved course curriculum revisions, mostly to satisfy state requirements. It was noted that administration recently visited with Plainview ISD and city officials to make sure that everyone agreed on current courses being offered on the Plainview campus. It was noted that enrollment on the Plainview campus have dropped the past 2 years.
Regents also approved the monthly financial report. They also approved the resale of property.
The board also named Jennifer Galey and Kenneth Alan Foster as Distinguished Alumni for 2017. Both started in technical programs and then transferred into very stringent Academic Programs. They will be recognized during the Employee Recognition Banquet on May 11 and again during Commencement Ceremonies on Friday, May 12.
Dr. Robin Satterwhite, President discussed the Room and Board study which was discussed earlier in the meeting. He noted on average SPC is $550 lower than other Community Colleges. He is recommending an increase in the room and board fee by $150 per semester. It was noted that $50 of that will be to allow free washer and dryer use for students living in the residence halls. A survey was recently sent out to students and they overwhelmingly agreed to the extra fee. It was also noted that the college is operating at a deficit on dining service currently and the increase in the room and board fee will help but will not totally offset it that deficit. It was noted that the $50 for washer and dryer access will be optional and with it being built in to fees it can be paid for with financial aid. The recommended increase was approved on a unanimous vote.
Regents also approved changing the May meeting to May 11 at 4pm with the Employee Recognition Banquet set for 6pm and Nurses Pinning at 8pm.
Construction is progressing as expected on the Lubbock campus. Walls have been fully constructed and interior painting is underway. The building should be open in time for the Fall semester.
President Dr. Robin Satterwhite provided regents with a legislative update. He said approximately 2 months ago, legislative wise it appeared that SPC would see an approximate $345,000 reduction in funding per year, now as of March 30 following some updates from Senate and House and them looking at “success Points” which is good for SPC and it brings funding to almost a level with very little loss and since then there have been some indications that Senate and House may put more money in community colleges and SPC could see an increase. None of this will be final. Other items of interest for community colleges is standardizing core curriculum and also making it easier to transfer to Universities.