The Paris Junior College Board held a formal public hearing on the 2020-21 budget, receiving no public comment, prior to their regular meeting held Monday, August 24, 2020. During the meeting that followed, Regents approved the budget of $33,360,516, about $2.9 million less than the previous year’s budget.
“The pandemic has definitely affected us financially,” said Dr. Pam Anglin, PJC President; “it has had a negative impact on us.”
In other business, the Regents:
• Welcomed new PJC Controller Cody Helm to his first regents’ meeting.
• Approved a policy requiring a property deposit fee of zero. Procedures to collect damages for destruction of property from students continue to work without deposits.
• Proposed a 2021 tax rate of $0.089/$100 valuation, a slight increase over the current tax rate of $0.084/$100 valuation.
• Designated the Lamar County Tax Assessor Collector as the officer to calculate tax rate information required under the Texas tax code.
• Accepted the Certified Tax Rolls of $3.695 billion for property taxable by Paris Junior College, as presented by the Lamar County Chief Appraiser.
• Approved Dr. Pam Anglin and Controller Cody Helm as Investment Officers of the College.
• Accepted updates to college policies by the Texas Association of School Boards Updates 38 and 39.
• Set a tax rate hearing for September 14 at 11:30 a.m. The tax rate will be set at the regular Board of Regents meeting on September 28.
• Received a preliminary fall enrollment report showing contact hours down 29 percent from one year ago and 32 percent down from two years ago.
“What we’re seeing across the state is that greater numbers of this spring’s graduating class are not enrolling in higher education due to COVID-19,” said Dr. Anglin. “The data shows nationally that if a high school graduate does not enroll in college that first fall after graduating from high school it is very unlikely that they will ever go to college. This could have a long-term impact on our future workforce.”
• Learned more of the college’s COVID-19 practices that include requiring properly-worn face masks and social distancing of six feet on campus, pick-up meals available from the cafeteria, single instead of double room occupancy in the residence halls, installation of plexiglass shields and hand sanitizer stations, procurement of face shields and masks, and face masks with clear insets for instructors who have students with hearing disabilities. Those passed through the entry checkpoints will receive a paper wrist band daily.
• Accepted the employment of Associate Degree Nursing Instructors Lance Neill and Tamera Lewis, Criminal Justice Instructor Paul Guidry, and Controller Cody Helm.
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.
To be the educational provider of choice for the region.
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.