Lufkin, TX — For the first time in several years, the Angelina College board of trustees has approved a draft budget that does not include staff raises, due to lower state funding.
President Larry Phillips on Monday night provided data that showed the college will receive 26 percent less in state support in the 2011-12 school year than it did in the 2009-10 school year.
“We’ll monitor this throughout the year and hope to address (raises) next year,” Phillips said.
State support per student per year decreased from $1,965 in 2009-10 to $1,458 for the upcoming school year, the data showed.
“That’s what happens when you have a decrease in state funding and a 24 percent increase in enrollment,” Phillips said. “We’ll be asking the students to make up $300 per year.”
Phillips said that when he became president in 1991, the state provided approximately 66 percent of the operating budget. At that time, 3,300 students were enrolled at Angelina College.
Now, approximately 40 percent of the college’s operating budget comes from the state. Last fall, the school had a record enrollment of more than 5,900 students.
The board’s finance committee said it will be proactive regardless of more state cuts that could be forthcoming. The president’s salary also remained the same.
At Monday night’s meeting, the board discussed a proposed tax rate of .1188, up from last year’s rate of .11. According to Vice President of Business Services Joe Madden, the rate increase on a $75,000 home would be around $6 a year.