Texas Community Colleges

Board Member Luncheon
11:30 am at the Visitor Center

WESTERN TEXAS COLLEGE
SCURRY COUNTY JUNIOR COLLEGE DISTRICT
SNYDER, TEXAS

 

Board Meeting, 12:30 P.M.
Monday, August 9, 2021
Visitor Center

Agenda

I.     Call to Order

    1. Dr. Kidd will give the invocation
    2. Recognize guests

II.    Public comments: 3-minute limit per person

III.   Routine Matters

    1. Recommended Action
      1. Consideration of approval of July 12, 2021 board minutes
      2. Consideration of approval of July 2021 financial information
      3. Personnel
        1. Consideration of approval of Mr. Matt Hardy, Head Men's Basketball Coach (Ms. Davis)
        2. Consideration of approval of Dr. Deborah Kuhn, Instructor Biology (Ms. Ducheneaux)

    2. New Business
      1. Consideration of approval of proposed tax rate (Ms. Claxton)
      2. Consideration of approval of workforce yearly rate adoption (Mr. Fonville)
      3. Consideration of approval of summer small class report (Mr. Canada)
      4. Public hearing on proposed tax abatement agreement with IP Lumina, LLC
      5. Consideration of approval of tax abatement agreement with IP Lumina, LLC for the following project:

Property Owners: Timothy Ross Huddleston Trust
                               Rockin' Mac Rand Land Co., LLC
                               T-Rey Ranch II, LLC
                               Conn Puckitt Partnership
Applicant for Abatement: IP Lumina, LLC
Name and Location of Reinvestment Zone: Northern Scurry County Energy Reinvestment Zone #1 located at the Scurry, Kent County Line between U.S. Highway 84 and Highway 208
Description of Improvements: Construction of an approximately 360-megawatt solar energy project with battery storage and hydrogen electrolyzer
Estimated Cost of the Improvements: $358 Million Dollars

                  vi.  Public hearing on proposed tax abatement agreement with IP Lumina II, LLC
                  vii.  Consideration of approval of tax abatement agreement with IP Lumina II, LLC for the following project:

Property Owner: J.S. Criswell Land and Cattle Company
Applicant for Abatement: IP Lumina II, LLC
Name and Location of Reinvestment Zone: Near the intersection of CR 1105 and CR 1274 in Scurry County
Description of Improvements: Construction of an approximately 360-megawatt solar energy project with battery storage and hydrogen electrolyzer
Estimated Cost of the Improvements: $358 Million Dollars

IV.    Information and Discussion

    1. Enrollment report (Mr. Canada)
    2. Personnel update (Dr. Beebe)
    3. August calendar
    4. Information and questions from board members
    5. Suggested agenda items

 

EXECUTIVE SESSION: The Board will go into executive session. The executive session will be held under the provisions of Texas Government Code, Chapter 551, including but not limited to, Section 551.071, Section 551.072, Section 551.074, Section 551.076, Section 551.082(a), and Section 551.083.

    1. Consultation with Legal Counsel
    2. Deliberation regarding appointment, employment, evaluation, reassignment, duties, discipline or dismissal of personnel

At the conclusion of the executive session, the Board will announce whether any action needs to be taken as a result of the executive session.

V.     Date of next Board meeting - August 23, 2021

 
Minutes

The Board of Trustees of Western Texas College met in a regular Board meeting at 12:30 p.m. on Monday, July 12, 2021 in the Visitor Center

Present:           Mr. Lee Presswood, Mr. Eddie Peterson, Mr. Mike McWilliams, Mr. Tim Riggan, Mr. Jason West, Mr. Drew Bullard

Absent:            Dr. Jay Kidd

Staff Present:  Dr. Barbara Beebe, Ms. Patricia Claxton, Ms. Melanie Schwertner, Ms. Stephanie Ducheneaux, Mr. Shawn Fonville, Mr. Britt Canada, Ms. Margo Mitchell, Mr. Ralph Ramon

Others Present: Mr. Bill Crist, Snyder News, and Mr. Doug Dowler, DCOS

Mr. Presswood, board president, called the meeting to order and Mr. West gave the invocation.

No one from the public made any comments.

Motion by Mr. Riggan, seconded by Mr. Bullard to approve the board minutes of June 28, 2021. Motion carried unanimously.

Motion by Mr. West, seconded by Mr. Riggan to approve the financial information for June 2021.  Motion carried unanimously.

Motion by Mr. McWilliams, seconded by Mr. Peterson to approve Mr. Victor Hinojosa, Instructor Government.  Motion carried unanimously.

Motion by Mr. Peterson, seconded by Mr. Bullard to approve Mr. Richard Fair, Instructor History/Government.  Motion carried unanimously.

Motion by Mr. Peterson, seconded by Mr. West to approve Mr. Dennie Johnson, Instructor English.  Motion carried unanimously.

Motion by Mr. Bullard, seconded by Mr. West to approve the $650.00 bid for Tax Deed and Property Card from Jonathan Darling and $300.00 bid for Tax Deed and Property Card from Enoc M. Sanchez for Trust Property in the City of Snyder.  Motion carried unanimously.

Ms. Patricia Claxton presented the preliminary 2021-2022 budget. This is the hardest budget she has ever worked on. We don’t get certified values until July.  If we stayed with our current rate of .2950, we would lose $921,345. If we go with the effective rate of .3331we would only lose $1096. We are going with a tax rate of .3300 with a loss of $75,972.  Our tax rate cap is .3500. The final budget will be presented to the board during the August 9th board meeting.  Enrollment is down over $1 million.  We didn’t reduce it and are going to stay positive.  If we reduce it, we will have to cute jobs and that is the last thing we want to do.  The prisons make up about 15% of our enrollment, and we are down around 100 students there.  We are a member of Acadeum which is a sharing course platform.  We have 150 students through that platform.  This fall we will start our first group of dual credit students through a K-12 school.  This is a school who has home schooled students like your Olympians, etc. They will be our students on our books.

 

REVENUE

 

Decrease in State Appropriations

(167,804)

Decrease in Tax Revenue

(75,972)

Workforce Grants

71,000

Increase in Tax Abatement

249,834

Decrease in Investment Income

(100,000)

Decrease in Foundation Scholarship

(6,000)

Total

(28,972)

 

 

EXPENSES

 

Health Insurance Coverage (retiree- $47,284)

(39,452)

TRS/ORP (TRS 7.5% to 7.75%)

6,058

3% Matching

(4,775)

Medicare

(1,159)

Salary

(69,671)

Election Expense

2,500

Professional & Contract Services

13,000

Workforce Grants

71,000

Gator for baseball/softball

6,000

CDL Truck Supplies

5,000

Increase in TDI Contract

48,149

Decrease in Foundation Scholarships

(6,000)

Increase in Athletic Scholarships

19,440

Decrease in Contingency

(77,832)

Miscellaneous

(1,200)

Total

(28,942)

 

Dr. Beebe presented the personnel update.  Kyle Cooper, head men’s basketball coach resigned and is going to Tarleton.

Mr. Shawn Fonville discussed the Farm and Ranch Management program.  The application has been sent off to SACS, and they will vote on it in December.  There are only two classes on the schedule this fall.  Charles Church will teach horticultural soils and Jay Waller will teach farm and ranch shop skills I. All the information is on our website.  Mr. Church and Mr. Waller are traveling to different high schools recruiting.  We hope to replace our turf instructor, and they could teach the horticulture classes.  Jessica Colvin can teach all of the classes. Next fall, we will have a full slate of classes. 

We can tour the college farm when the weather gets a little cooler. 

A July calendar was presented to the board. 

There was no information or questions from board members 

There were no suggested agenda items. 

The scheduled executive session was cancelled.

Motion by Mr. West, seconded by Mr. Bullard to adjourn the meeting.  Motion carried unanimously.

Date of next board meeting August 9,  2021

 
Financials
July 2021 Financials 
Check Register
July 2021 Check Register 
New Business

 

Tax Rate Information

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Workforce Yearly Rate Adoption

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Summer Small Class Report

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Tax Abatement Agreement for IP Lumina, LLC

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Tax Abatement Agreement for IP Lumina II, LLC 

Information & Discussion

Enrollment Report

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Dr. Beebe will present the personnel update. 

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Academic Calendar

Events Calendar

Athletic Calendar

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