Following a formal budget and tax hearing at Paris Junior College that brought no comments, the PJC Board of Regents approved the 2015-2016 tax rate of .18.75 cents and adopted an annual operating budget of $35,745,475 for the coming year.
The budget is down $4.5 million from one year ago due to $4 million less in federal financial aid dollars. Other reductions were made by eliminating unfilled positions.
In other business the Regents:
- Received a financial report showing the overall cash position of PJC remains quite strong and expenditures are in line with the budget.
- Approved a property deposit fee of zero since PJC policies to collect damages for destruction of property work well.
- Accepted the Certified Tax Rolls of $1,578,732,719 for property taxable by Paris Junior College as presented by the Lamar County Chief Appraiser.
- Accepted the resignation of Regent Carlton Grant “with regret,” and discussed reviewing the registered voter list from District 2 prior to the next meeting.
- Received the results from the fall 2014 and spring 2015 student evaluation of instruction.
- Received an update on the Annual Fund Drive indicating that donations are nearing the goal of $200,000.
The Board of Regents also approved the reassignments of Linda Miles as Instructor of Psychology and Daniel Parham as Student Recruiter/Academic Advisor; the employment of Bilal Batley as Men’s Basketball Coach/Kinesiology Instructor.
Other employment action included hiring Carey Gable as Academic/Financial Aid Advisor at the PJC-Sulphur Springs Center, D’Lynn Gage as Instructor of History, Gonzalo Garza as Women’s Basketball Coach/Kinesiology Instructor, Ashlee Graham as Instructor of Emergency Medical Services, Kandice Pryor as Instructor of Associate Degree Nursing, and Katie Shipman as Educational Talent Search Junior High School Advisor.
Regents also accepted the resignation/retirements of Educational Talent Search Director Misty Gage, Women’s Basketball Coach Michael Madrid, Men’s Basketball Coach Chuck Taylor, and Assistant to the President Stacy Young.
The regents added an additional year to the contract of PJC President Dr. Pamela Anglin, keeping it at three years.