Mon, Oct. 21

Yavapai College District Governing Board approves $84 million budget for FY15

The Yavapai College District Governing Board (DGB) approved a budget of $84 million for the College for the fiscal year that begins July 1. The budget, passed by a 4-0 vote at the DGB's May 13 meeting, is 1.8 percent less than the FY14 budget that runs through June 30.

The vote followed a detailed budget presentation and public comment at the Board's meeting held Tuesday, May 13 at the Yavapai College Career and Technical Education Center (CTEC). The College budget does not include an increase in the Yavapai County property tax levy for the second straight year.

The DGB, which is comprised of elected Yavapai County residents from five districts, is responsible for governing on behalf of and is accountable to Yavapai County taxpayers and residents. Board members Al Filardo, Herald Harrington, Dr. Patricia McCarver and Ray Sigafoos (Board chair) were present at the meeting. Board member Dr. Dale Fitzner was not able to attend.

Other Board actions included:

The Board reviewed and approved a plan to survey Yavapai County residents and taxpayers about the DGB's responsibility to provide education, economic development and cultural enrichment at a justifiable cost to county taxpayers. The survey will be conducted June 1-July 12.

Reports/announcements included:

James Perey, dean of the Verde Valley Campus, updated plans for the formation of a Verde Valley Advisory Committee composed of community and College representatives. The Committee, which is expected to have its first meeting in June, is being formed to enhance communications between the College and Verde Valley communities.

The College introduced five faculty members who are moving from probationary to continuing contract status. They are Katie Windsor, nursing; Jerrad Smith, automotive; Lori Riden, nursing; Mark Balok, philosophy; and Lindsay Henning, business English.

CTEC administration reported that gender non-traditional students now make up 25 percent of enrollment in the College's career and technical education (CTE) programs. This is up from 15 percent two years ago.

Steve Walker, vice president of college advancement and executive director of the Yavapai College Foundation, reported that the number of endowed scholarships that the Yavapai College Foundation provides reached 113 this year, an increase of 59 percent since 2009.

The Board's next regular public meeting is Tuesday, June 10, on the Prescott Campus.

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