Dr. Robin Satterwhite, President of SPC presented the preliminary budget for 2017-2018 fiscal year. It was noted that final numbers on property tax and state funding is not available as of yet. This years budget will be some different as administration is working to shift some numbers into the proper category and they are working to present a “true” budget. It was noted that state funding will be down just over $300,000. It was also pointed out that the college has worked to reduce personnel by 7 positions, mainly through attrition. One of the shifts is moving campus security expenses to general fund instead of campus specific, it was noted that other general departments will shift to general as well. Personnel had to be added in the IT department in order to better handle IT for the college. It was noted that their has been an increase in health insurance costs for employees and families. There was approximately a 3% increase in insurance rates which is actually less than previous years when it has been an increase of 7%. Some of the notable changes in the budget include replacement of classroom computers as well as a replacement of a computer lab in the math and engineering department. It was also noted that the budget will show a defecit of just over 2 Million dollars, however just over $800,000 of that is the second payment on the Computer server update which is currently being done at the college.
The Culinary Arts program is currently being developed with a program developer and a consultant which is working to design the space in the Lubbock center for the program. It is possible that the program could be online and being offered in FALL 2018. Some continuing ed classes may be offered in Summer 2018. It is expected, based on interest, the program will likely be full the first semester offered. There will be a 1 year and 2 year program. It was noted that there is not a program like this in the area. College Administration plan to enroll 48 students in the first semester. The college plans to pay for the program through grants and gifts.
Board of Regents also received a Summer I session enrollment. Currently the unduplicated enrollment shows 2,451 students which is down 2.7% from last year. The Levelland campus is up approximately 8.1% from last year with 518 students enrolled on the Levelland campus. They also discussed the student support specialists for the Reese and Lubbock centers. Administration is planning to cross train employees and will have specialists on the Reese and Lubbock Center to be able to answer any question a prospective student may have. They also will have video conferencing set up where students can meet with Levelland campus employees for financial aid and business offices as part of the registration process. The Reese center currently has three employees and all will be cross trained and can serve in the student service area for Reese and Lubbock campus. No additional staff will need to be trained or hired in the student service area for the Lubbock campus.
Regents also accepted the monthly financial report and approved the resale of property for 5 separate pieces of property in Anton and one piece of property on Washington St. in Levelland.
Regents also received a report on New Student Orientation which will start next week on the SPC Levelland campus. There will also 2 sessions on the Reese center as well as one on the Plainview and Lubbock centers throughout the summer.
Regents approved an extension of Dr. Robin Satterwhite’s contract as President of South Plains College. He has completed his first year.
Regents also learned of the retirement of Vice President for Student Affairs, Cathy Mitchell. She will be retiring from SPC to accept a position at New Mexico Junior College.