Mt. San Jacinto Community College District
Budget Committee Meeting
September 15, 2003
The meeting began at 3:03 p.m. Becky Elam (co-chair), Catalina Cruz, Ron Bowman,
Robin Steinback, Bea Ganim, Alma Cacho, Matt Zepeda, Karen Watts and Ron Krimper
were present. Gail Jensen, Kristi DiMemmo, Dennis Hogan, Don Robinson and Jennifer
Pruett were absent.
- On motion by Becky Elam and seconded by Ron Bowman, the minutes for May
29, 2003 were approved.
- It was decided that meetings will be on the third Wednesdays at 3:30 P.M.
Karen Watts will locate a room and notify everyone.
- AB1765 - Budget Act
Because of a massive decline in personal income tax revenue, the "State
Budget is significantly out of balance and fraught with uncertainty."
In the Governor's May Revise the community college system will be cut by $268
million and "it largely postpones difficult decisions until 2004-05 and
relies on several risky financial assumptions to make it through the year."
Due to consistent, conservative accounting practices over many years, Mt.
San Jacinto College has faced these budget challenges and has been able to:
- Enrollment fee beginning Fall 2003 is $18 per unit
- No cost of living adjustment
- $25M reduction in for concurrent enrollment
- Partnership For Excellence reduced by $75M
- Financial Aid funding increased by $38M
- Instructional equipment and library materials will require one dollar
for each three state dollars
- According to The Associated Press: As many as 90,000 [students] forced
out of California community colleges by cutbacks. Classes are full
and have long waiting lists due to:
Trend is likely to continue next year
- Fee hikes
- Class cutbacks
- Budget cutbacks
- UC and CSU colleges will have fewer available spots. They will not receive
any funds for enrollment growth for 2004-2005. Many colleges have already
turned away new students. Two congressmen say families are being forced
to 'trade down' to lesser schools.
- Hire new, full-time and part-time faculty
- Retain classified staff and avoid layoffs
- Purchase property for future expansion
- Offer summer courses in 2003
- Increase District reserves from last year
- 50 % Law. The District is in compliance with the fifty percent Law for fiscal
year 2003. District will continue throughout the year to analyze expenditures
more carefully and work on chargebacks to increase percentage margin.
- Student ASB Report - Matt Zepeda.
- The former ASB advisor has accepted employment at another college and
ASB is looking for an advisor. Roger Schultz and JoAnna Quejada are helping
until someone accepts the office.
- ASB barbeque went very well. There were many booths and a live band.
Participation was good.
- Next Meeting will be October 6, 2003 at 3:30 PM.
The meeting adjourned at 3:50 p.m.
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