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PJC Regents Extend Spring Semester To May 14 Due to COVID-19 Pandemic

Room And Board Rates For Fall 2020, Spring 2021 Approved

The Paris Junior College Board of Regents approved an extension of the spring semester to May 14, 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic at a special meeting held Thursday, March 26. 

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“We are having to do that because we extended Spring Break for our students one week,” said PJC President Dr. Pam Anglin

The regents met a week earlier than planned in order to approve a resolution delegating authority to the PJC President to operate the college during alternate operations due to COVID-19. 

As part of her report to the Regents, Dr. Anglin explained that employees came in during the Spring Break extension to shift to working remotely and putting everything online so classes could continue on Monday, March 23. 

“We have a lot our workforce classes can do, lecture-wise,” said Dr. Anglin, explaining that for those classes with hands-on labs such as welding, mechatronics, electrician, etc., that the students would be brought back when it’s safe for them to finish their labs. 

PJC has also added wifi hot spots in Paris, Greenville and Sulphur Springs. Students have been notified of the specific locations and provided passwords. They can drive up and do work online from their vehicle. 

A skeleton crew is manning all the locations to keep things up and running, especially information technology. Campus police are working their regular shifts and students services are available to students by phone and email.

“The college has purchased Zoom licenses,” said Dr. Anglin. “Faculty may have a presence during their office hours and students can see and talk to their instructor and get help from faculty who are tutoring that way. We’re all remaining flexible as we work with our students.”

In other business, the Regents: 

• Received the financial report from Controller Keitha Carlton, showing that revenues continue to be higher than expenses. The College will not achieve its tuition revenue projection this year.

“The Legislature has asked us to look at where we’ll be at the end of the year,” said Dr. Anglin. “We’ve also been asked to track any expenditures we would not normally have because of closures due to the coronavirus.”

• Authorized continuation of local charitable giving through the United Way by opting out of the State Employee Charitable Contribution Campaign. This ensures that local donations are spent locally.

• Approved the 403(b) Plan Document Amendment and Restatement resolution. 

• Approved a 3.5 percent increase in the annual Aramark contract for meal prices for the 2020-2021 academic year.

• Approved room and board rates for academic year 2020-2021 for fall and spring of $2,540 in Hatcher and Thompson Residence Halls and $2,740 in the South Campus Residence Hall. Summer residence hall rates remain unchanged. 

• Approved the extension of faculty contracts for the 2020-2021 academic year; the employment of Systems and Database Administrator Tyler Alcox, effective March 16; and the resignations of Talent Search Advisor Tiffany Spangler effective March 27, and Computer Information Instructor Larry Lambert, Economics Instructor Mike McCoy, and Director of Nursing Stephanie Parker, all effective Aug. 31.

• Accepted the high bid in the sale of the PJC Recreation Center; contracts will now be prepared to complete the sale.


Paris Junior College — located in Paris, Texas, about 100 miles northeast of Dallas — has been a part of the Lamar County community since 1924.

Paris Junior College offers Associate in Arts, Associate in Science and Associate in Applied Science degrees, as well as Certificates of Proficiency in technical/workforce fields. The college has expanded its academic curriculum through the years to encourage associate degree and university transfer candidates. Since establishing its first vocational program — jewelry and watchmaking in 1942 — the college has been aggressive in adding technical/workforce programs that will benefit students entering the workforce.

The campus of 54 tree-shaded acres includes 20 major buildings and residence halls and provides students a unique and pleasant environment for learning.

Paris Junior College also operates centers in Sulphur Springs, Texas, and in Greenville, Texas.

Vision

To be the educational provider of choice for the region.

Mission

Paris Junior College is a comprehensive community college serving the region’s educational and training needs while strengthening the economic, social and cultural life of our diverse community.


Author: Faith Huffman

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