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Consent agenda approved
Minutes of the July 19, 2012 board meeting, and a revised Risk Management Fund Participation agreement were approved in the consent agenda.
Trustees approved the July 2012 financial report, with Vice-president of Finance Gettie Moreno declaring the college in sound financial condition. The amended budget at the end of July stands at just over $117 million.
After budget workshops and final revisions, the 2012-2013 budget for Navarro College was approved on a unanimous vote. The approved budget is $120 million, and includes a 3 percent salary increase for college employees, reserve funds in the event the college must return money to the state, and no increase in the college ad valorem tax rate. The board voted its intent to keep the tax rate at 11.9 cents per $100 taxable valuation.
Insurance bid accepted
Trustees voted to continue property, umbrella liability, auto, and other insurance contracts to Trident Insurance, represented locally by Cooper and French. The bid total of $181,069.
Trustees heard from Matthew Cates, the college’s new marketing director, and Margaret Moreno, recruiting director, about the marketing and recruiting initiatives the college is utilizing to tell the Navarro story and attract new students. Both departments are utilizing technology in several forms to speak to students “in the format they want to be reached.” A redesign of the college’s website is in the works, Cates said, and new outreach work in south and west Texas is a goal of the recruiters, said Moreno.
Dewayne Gragg reported fall enrollment through Thursday at 9,165, slightly behind levels at the same time last year. Gragg said he is hoping for an increase over last year’s enrollment, anticipating a finish of over 10,000 students, but doesn’t think the goal of 11,000 students will be met. Dr. Sanchez said administrators are meeting regularly to address the reason of the decline in growth, and do what can be done to address it.
Dr. Sanchez told trustees there is a hope the college will not have to return any state funding as had been thought due to the state’s budget crisis. The college has set aside funds to make the return ($1.5 million in the initial planning letter sent by the state) but hoped that increased sales tax receipts statewide may mean the 10 percent won’t have to be returned to Austin.