Four takeaways from the June 7 Lone Star College System board meeting

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The Lone Star College System board of trustees approved several items and discussed the upcoming budget and construction projects on Thursday night. Here are the highlights from the monthly meeting.

Board discusses 2018-19 budget at workshop

A budget workshop for the 2018-19 fiscal year budget occurred before the meeting detailing the proposed changes to the budget. Highlights include a $2 million investment in safety and security, a 2 percent increase in full- and part-time salaries, $2 million for new faculty and $783,000 for the Lone Star College-Houston North campus.

Lone Star College-Montgomery approved to pursue flight program

LSC-Montgomery President Rebecca Riley presented a proposal for offering a Professional Pilot Certificate Level I and Associate of Applied Science degree at the Montgomery campus. After debating with the council about the overall cost of the program, estimated to be upwards of $60,000, and the chance to offer a new career choice for students in the system, the proposal was approved.

The program would put students on the path to earning a Commercial Pilot License. Riley said the next steps are to get the program cleared with local entities with the goal of accepting students in the spring of 2019.

Board moves forward with repairs with goal to fully reopen Kingwood campus in 2019

The board approved a request from Chief Financial Officer Jennifer Mott to authorize the negotiation and execution of one or more Guaranteed Maximum Price contracts with Anslow Bryant Construction for repairs at six buildings on the Lone Star College-Kingwood campus. The goal is to have the campus fully reopened in the spring of 2019.

Each contract will range from $100,000 to $1 million, and the cost of repairs is limited to roughly $26.8 million, according to the agenda. Buildings in need of repairs include two classroom buildings, the fitness center, the performing arts center, the health science building and the library.

Update on system-wide construction projects

A presentation detailing progress on projects from the 2014 bond referendum included details on the Lone Star College-Westway Park Technology Center, which is slated to be complete in spring 2019. A new oil and gas center and a new Magnolia campus are both expected to open in spring 2020 and gender neutral bathrooms for campuses are expected to be available this winter. Phase II of bond construction includes an LSC-Kingwood campus healthcare instructional building, an LSC-Montgomery campus student services building and a Lone Star College-University Park campus instructional arts building, which is set to open in 2020.

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