The South Plains College Board of Regents met in a regular meeting Thursday.
The board approved a resolution to recognize Rear Admiral Ronny L. Jackson as the Distinguished Alumnus of South Plains College. He will be recognized at a reception on May 10th and during the Graduation Ceremonies on May 11th.
Regents also approved the employee list for the 2018-2019 school year.
They received a report on some changes which will be coming for camp programs for minors. As of two weeks ago the college will be able to offer the required safety training which is required for sponsors or supervisors of minors which attend summer camps and stay overnight. There will also be a reduction in the fee charged for background checks. All of this is in line with Texas Education Code.
Regents also approved curriculum changes as required by state guidelines. The changes more puts SPC courses in line with what the state shows as being offered and not offered. Course fees are also re-evaluated.
Regents also approved the monthly financial report and approved the resale of property for three properties in Anton.
Regents also approved minimum tuition of 2 hours tuition for everyone.
Regents also discussed a Memorandum of Understanding between South Plains College, City of Lubbock and Lubbock Economic Development Alliance for a one year time period for all entities to investigate possibility of forming a downtown Lubbock campus for SPC. Administration has been looking at possibilities of Building 5 and 6 at Reese Campus needing significant repairs and this could be a possible solution for moving programs at the 5 and 6 buildings to be moved to the other side of Reese near building 1 which SPC owns. It would include moving the arts and sciences programs on the Reese campus to be moved downtown. The building is close to Texas Tech University and could benefit students who are both enrolled on the SPC campus and Texas Tech. The agreement does include a commitment from Lubbock Economic Development Alliance of $5 million for acquiring the former Lubbock City Hall as well as $500,000 per year funding administrative/instructional expenses. The agreement was approved on a unanimous vote.
Regents also received a report on the economic impact of South Plains College. A full report of the economic impact study will be on air and on line at klvtnews.wordpress.com on Friday.
The regents next meeting will be held on May 10th, 2018 at 4:00 pm.