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Regents Approve Higher Background Check Fee; Lower Meal Rates

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Students who live in Paris Junior College residence halls should have an added measure of protection next year, as well as improved food services at lower costs thanks to actions taken by the Board of Regents Monday evening.

Regents voted to increase a fee to $35 for a comprehensive background check of residence hall applicants. The current $25 check only included the state of Texas. The new fee will include Texas counties and other states in the background check.

PJC students living on campus should also see lowered room and board rates starting in the fall. Regents chose to keep residence hall room rates the same for the coming year, and adopted one 19-meal plan at a lower rate than two-meal plans currently being offered.

In other business, the Regents:

  • Modified the financial aid Satisfactory Academic Progress policy to reflect accounting changes in the new ERP system.
  • Accepted a one-year extension to the Aramark contract which will include the addition of a chef.
  • Approved a three-year phone application contract to provide Pathways student support. The app will link students to their account and allow Student Success Coaches easier access to students.
  • Received an update from Regent Dr. Clifton Wilkerson on the Board of Trustees Institute he attended recently, along with Board of Regents President Curtis Fendley. The meeting focused on the Pathways Project and how boards of regents can better support the initiative to increase success of students.
  • Received an update on the local bill currently in the state legislature, which would change the board of regents from a nine- to a seven-member board to implement annexation representation. The House Higher Education Committee is considering a version of the bill allowing seven regents to represent Lamar County, but the Senate Higher Education committee appears to favor nine regents. PJC President Dr. Pam Anglin will follow up with the Legislature this week.
  • Received a list of end of semester events as follows: May 9 – GED Graduation, 7 p.m. in the Ray E. Karrer Theater; May 10 – Retirement Reception from 2-4 p.m. in the Student Center Ballroom, May 11 – Jewelry Awards Ceremony, 10 a.m., Associate Degree Nursing Pinning, 5 p.m., and Licensed Vocational Nursing Pinning, 7 p.m. all in the Ray E. Karrer Theater; and May 12 – PJC Graduation at 7 p.m. in Noyes Stadium (or in the Hunt Center if there is inclement weather).
  • Accepted the reassignment of Emergency Medical Services Instructor Brad Bolton as Licensed Vocational Nursing Instructor effective Aug. 18; the resignation of Computer Information Systems Instructor Wayne Snelling effective May 12; and the retirements of Biology & Geology Instructor Mike Barnett and Developmental Mathematics Instructor Pam Hunt effective Aug. 31, and Arts Instructor Susan Moore effective May 12.

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Author: Staff Reporter

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