Howard College Board of Trustees had a budget workshop and regular meeting earlier this afternoon. The main points from the meeting are as follows:
- Summer I enrollment for Howard College-Big Spring increased by 8 percent, and the Summer II enrollment increased by 2 percent; however, the total enrollment for all Howard College campuses increased by 5 percent for Summer I and dropped by 6 percent for Summer II.
- The proposed tax rate will be $0.31 per / $100. Public Tax Hearings will be August 17th at 5:30 P.M. and on August 21st at 12:30 P.M.
- The operational budget was balanced with the exception of some one-time expenditures that will be paid for from Fund Balance resulting in a planned deficit budget.
- Safes will be added to dorm rooms. This will be done in order to provide a secure area for the students who are licensed to carry and who live on campus to store their handguns. (This is in accordance with the state law - (concealed) Campus Carry (SB 11).
(Photo: Howard College Board of Trustees listen on as Dr. Cheryl Sparks speaks during the meeting.)