Mt. San Jacinto College Board of Trustees adopt tentative budget, make other preparations for new school year

SAN JACINTO – The Mt. San Jacinto College Board of Trustees adopted a tentative $60.9 million General Fund budget for 2014-2015 school year during its meeting on June 26, 2014.

The $60.9 million unrestricted General Fund pays for operations, materials, supplies, salaries and benefits, among other things. The District’s total $116.8 million budget includes funds that are restricted for use in specific areas.

MSJC expects to serve 10,956 full-time equivalent students in 2014-15, which represents 522 over the amount of per-student funds MSJC will receive from the state. In 2013-14, MSJC served 10,797 full-time equivalent students, but received per-student state funding for only 10,155.

In 2014-15, MSJC plans to:

*Hire Eight New Faculty Positions

*Include Salary Step and Column funding

*Include Two Percent Increase for Enrollment Growth to provide more access to students

*Provide a full Summer Session

*Maintain a 6 percent Board Reserve

The 2014-2015 final budget will be presented to the Board of Trustees for adoption during the regular meeting on September 11, 2014.

Five-Year Construction Plan Update

A new fire alarm system tops the list of construction projects slated for completion under the college’s Five-Year Construction Plan, according to Brian Twitty, director of Maintenance and Operations. The project has been approved by the state and is funded.

Other projects that are approved, but not funded, include: a math and science building on the Menifee Valley Campus and a cultural arts center on the San Jacinto Campus. The college is in the initial approval stages for a science and technology building on the San Jacinto Campus and allied health and student services buildings on the Menifee Valley Campus.

During 2013-14, the district experienced $115,400 worth of unexpected repairs and replacements due to the age of the equipment and facilities.

In March 2014, MSJC received $356,657 in Prop. 39 from the state. Funds from Prop. 39 are designed to pay for eligible projects that create jobs in California while improving energy efficiency and expanding clean energy generation.

The district was able to provide in-house crews to complete its lighting retrofit project with indoor and outdoor lighting at the San Gorgonio Campus and at building 3000 on the Menifee Valley Campus. It was also able to replace a 120 ton and 100 ton chiller on the San Jacinto Campus.

MSJC is planning for a district-wide energy management system in the future, but the amount of Prop. 39 allocations for 2014-15 are unknown at this time. Under the state’s Prop. 39 prioritization process, districts must implement energy efficiency projects before being funded for solar projects.

Student Trustee Sworn in Superintendent and President, Dr. Roger Schultz, gave the official oath of office to the student trustee for the 2014-15 academic year, Liliana Gomez.

Other Information:

The Board, which routinely does not meet in July, will hold a meeting at 10 a.m. on July 17, 2014, to discuss a potential facilities bond survey. The meeting will be held on the San Jacinto Campus at 1499 N. State St. San Jacinto in Room 200.

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