ACC regents honor the college police department for their hard work and dedication during a meeting on July 28.

ACC Regents approve 2016-17 budget

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The Alvin Community College Board of Regents approved a $29.14 million budget for the 2016-17 fiscal year during their meeting on July 28.

Regents plan to approve the tax rate during a meeting on Aug. 25. Regents will consider the effective tax rate of 19.17 cents per $100 of appraised property value. The effective tax rate is the rate required to raise the same amount of revenue as the current fiscal year. If approved, the new tax rate would be a 6 percent decrease from the 2015-16 fiscal year rate.

The budget was approved with a 7-1 vote. Regents James DeWitt, Jody Droege, Patricia Hertenberger, Mike Pyburn, ‘Bel Sanchez, Roger Stuksa and Doyle Swindell voted for it. Regent Andy Tacquard voted against. Regent Cheryl Knape was not present.

The approved budget is 3.5 percent more than the 2015-16 fiscal year budget. The additional revenue is due to the amount of new construction in the ACC district.

Included in the budget is a 3 percent salary adjustment for employees, funding for Americans with Disabilities Act accommodations and additional funds for adjunct faculty needed to teach courses in the Second Chance Pell Program.

Revenues for the fiscal year will include $14.44 million in property tax revenue, $7.36 million from tuition and fees and $7.2 million from state appropriations.

During the meeting, the board recognized several ACC faculty, staff and students.

Regents took a moment to honor the ACC Police Department for “its excellent work in protecting the college.” The men and women of the ACC police department maintain a 24-hour patrol of the college, keeping the campus safe.

The board also congratulated the Licensed Vocational Nursing program for the 100 percent license pass rate posted by its 25 recent graduates. It is the fifth consecutive year that all graduates have passed their license exam. Department Chair Melinda Wallace and faculty members Tori McTaggart and Thirty Lacy were commended for their work.

Recent ACC graduate Crystal Correa was recognized during the meeting. She received her degree in General Studies at ACC this May and is now pursuing a Computer Science Degree at the University of Houston-Clear Lake. Correa was awarded a scholarship to return to college from the Soroptimist of Alvin Club and through Soroptimist International received $7,500 to assist her in her pursing her education.

ACC President Dr. Christal M. Albrecht reported to the board about a $501,882 grant awarded to the Continuing Education/Workforce Development from the Texas Workforce Commission; the selection of ACC for the federal Second Chance Pell Program that will allow more inmates to receive an education and the Polysomnography students who recently worked with local physicians teaching them about sleep study procedures.

Regents also:
-received the annual ACC Fact Book with data from the 2014-15 school year
-approved monthly financial reports
-approved hiring personnel to fill instructor positions for Speech, Accounting, Government, Math and Biology

The board will have its next meeting on Aug. 25 at 5 p.m. in the Nolan Ryan Center. For more information, call 281-756-3500 or visit www.alvincollege.edu.

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