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Preliminary budget presented to WC Board of Trustees

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Administrators presented the preliminary 2014-15 budget to the Weatherford College Board of Trustees Thursday. Currently, the budget projects $54.3 million in total revenues for the fiscal year, which begins September 1.

“This is our first stab at it, bringing all the requests together and all of our estimates,” said Andra Cantrell, Vice President of Financial and Administrative Affairs. “We know right now there are things we need to polish.”

At the request of WC President Dr. Kevin Eaton, each department combed through their budgets looking for places to cut back, with a goal of cutting five percent from each department’s budget for the new year. The preliminary budget also includes a 3.75 percent across the board raise for all full-time employees and a 4.167 percent increase for adjunct, overload and contract instruction salaries.

“I think we have been conservative in our request for equipment, supplies and travel,” Cantrell said explaining which areas were reduced in order to fund the pay increase. “We will be making adjustments through the summer. This is to show you the goals we are trying to reach this year.”

The 2014-15 preliminary budget is posted to the wc.edu website under Financial Transparency found in the “About” tab. The board will continue budget discussions at their June meeting.

In other business:

  • Jared Jones of Steele & Freeman updated the board on the pending completion of the Don Allen Health Science Building. The college will begin moving furniture into the building next week. Remodeling of the current Allied Health building and part of the Business Building first floor begins May 19.
  • A ribbon cutting for the Don Allen Health Science Building will take place at 1 p.m. Thursday, June 12, just prior to next month’s board meeting.

In his President’s Report, Eaton reported the Summer I enrollment numbers are only one student down from this time last year, but contact hours are up .5 percent. State funding for the college is based on contact hours.

     He also recognized:

  • WC Financial Aid Director Donnie Purvis for received the Outstanding Service Award from the South Central POISE Users group.
  • Johnny Emmons and the WC men’s rodeo team for qualifying for the College National Finals Rodeo in Casper, WY, and Emmons for being named as Southwest Region Coach of the Year and his induction into the Texas Rodeo Cowboy Hall of Fame in April.
  • Itiana Taylor and Bre Brooks for being named NJCAA Basketball All-Americans for the second consecutive year. Brooks was named first-team All-America and Taylor was named honorable mention.
  • The WC Phi Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa for being named one of the top 100 chapters out of nearly 1,300 in the society. They also received the Distinguished Honors in Action Project Award and the Distinguished Theme Award Honors in Action at last month’s International Convention.