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HCC Trustees Approve Tentative Budget

A 2008 tentative budget was examined by Trustees during a budget work session held before their regular monthly meeting. The operating revenues are projected to be $12.8 million for fiscal year 2008. State funding previously made up approximately 33% of community college operating budgets. For fiscal year 2008, state support will total 23.7% of the revenue and local taxes will account for 44.9%. In September Trustees will adopt a permanent budget. College administrators report that they anticipate more firm projections of state revenue, local taxes and enrollment by that time.

During the meeting, Vice President of Administrative Services Jill Janssen also reported that Highland anticipates an excess of revenues over expenses of up to $830,000 for fiscal year 2007. This is due to a higher amount of local taxes than projected and 4% less expenditures. Several employee positions were not filled, which reduced salary and benefits for FY07.

The president's office now has a name. The Dr. Kenneth E. Borland Presidential Office was named in honor of Highland's first president. Dr. Borland became the president of HCC in 1967 at the age of 30 making him the youngest college president in the United States at that time. He served until 1974. The Foundation funny pictures will be receiving an unrestricted gift from his estate.

In other business, Trustees:
�Approved increases for non-union staff and administrators and part-time instructors. Increases up to 4% will be retroactive to July 1 for non-union employees and will take effect at the start of the fall semester for part-time instructors.
�Granted a new job description for student information specialists. These positions will guide prospective students through the recruitment and enrollment process, in addition to serving current students. Five current staff members will transition to the new positions and began cross-training earlier this month.
�Toured the nursing program facilities and the grounds that will become the new nursing wing.

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