Lone Star College makes $14 million in budget reductions for FY 2020-21

The Lone Star College board of trustees met July 29 to discuss the system's upcoming budget. (Ben Thompson/Community Impact Newspaper)
The Lone Star College board of trustees met July 29 to discuss the system's upcoming budget. (Ben Thompson/Community Impact Newspaper)

The Lone Star College board of trustees met July 29 to discuss the system's upcoming budget. (Ben Thompson/Community Impact Newspaper)

Lone Star College has begun budget discussions for its fiscal year 2020-2021 budget, highlighting almost $14 million in general reductions across the system due to additional expenditures and uncertainty caused by coronavirus.

LSC Chief Financial Officer Jennifer Mott said she is factoring in lower growth rates than average for the upcoming year and is asking for general reductions from the colleges because of a loss of state funding and student revenue. LSC is also factoring in less funding from the state in its proposed budget.

Mott said an assumption for the budget is based on an overall 10% decline in student credit hours for FY 2020-21 despite current enrollment numbers indicating an 8.5% decline.

"Historically, we have seen a 3%-4% annual growth rate on a long-term average, so lowering it to 2% is being more conservative in possible future growth," Mott said.

LSC Chancellor Stephen Head said the proposed budget is built on a worst-case scenario for the time being, but enrollment numbers are beginning to trend in the right direction.


In order to reduce expenditures for the budget, Mott said each college was asked to drop 5%, which totaled $13.9 million. The college system has also eliminated 50 vacant positions.

Among the major new expenditures for the year are $5 million for coronavirus personal protective equipment, sanitation and contingency funds, $948,000 for online instruction enhancements and around $1.8 million for new facility funding.

No action was taken on the presentation. The LSC board of trustees will meet to adopt the proposed budget and propose a tax rate Aug. 20. The tax rate will officially be adopted in September.


MOST RECENT

Attendees sample a wide variety of global wines and cuisine during Wine & Food Week. (Courtesy Food & Vine Time Productions)
Wine & Food Week returns to The Woodlands and more news from the Houston area

Read business and community news from the Houston area.

The number of deaths reported has been declining for the past three week, according to the Texas Medical Center. (Community Impact staff)
Texas Medical Center: COVID-19 hospitalizations down 10% since Aug. 3

The number of deaths reported has been declining for the past three week, according to the Texas Medical Center.

The Woodlands Preparatory School, located at 27440 Kuykendahl Road, will reopen for the new school year Aug. 17 with a variety of safety measures in place for students and staff. (Photo by Kelly Schafler/Community Impact Newspaper)(Designed by Kaitlin Schmidt)
The Woodlands-area private schools weigh in on reopening precautions, demand for in-person learning

Several private schools in The Woodlands area plan to welcome students back to campus to begin the 2020-21 school year.

Harris County leaders discussed this week whether to raise or lower property taxes. (Courtesy Fotolia)
UPDATED: Harris Co. commissioners eyeing property tax rates

This article was updated Aug. 8 to clarify that an 8% tax rate increase is not considered to be on the table by commissioners.

The county's active case count fell to its lowest level in weeks, while resident deaths continue to rise. (Community Impact staff)
Five COVID-19 deaths reported in Montgomery County on Aug. 7; active case count continues to fall

The county's active case count fell to its lowest level in weeks, while resident deaths continue to rise.

Theatergoers will be able to prepurchase tickets to Cinemark 17 and XD in The Woodlands starting Aug. 7. (Courtesy Cinemark)
Cinemark 17 and XD in The Woodlands announces Aug. 14 reopening

Cinemark announced it will begin reopening a select number of theaters across the country Aug. 14, including the Cinemark 17 and XD in The Woodlands.

Howard Hughes Corp. announced the installation of a new sculpture in Creekside Village Park Green on Aug. 6. (Courtesy Howard Hughes Corp.)
See 'Ibis,' the newest outdoor art sculpture in The Woodlands, and walk through a guide of 11 more

Along with "Ibis," four art benches are expected to be installed this fall, bringing the total installations to 80 in The Woodlands.

Attendees sample a wide variety of global wines and cuisine during Wine & Food Week. (Courtesy Food & Vine Time Productions)
Following spring postponement, Wine & Food Week returns to The Woodlands with events beginning in August

The annual event will be held at several locations in The Woodlands area from August through October.

A mother and daughter visit at Seasons Assisted Living & Memory Care in Conroe earlier in the pandemic. (Courtesy Seasons Assisted Living & Memory Care)
Texas allows limited visitations to nursing homes, long-term care facilities

Facilities that meet the requirements will allow limited visitations, but you still will not be able to hug or kiss your loved one.

HomeAid Houston partnered with Boys and Girls Country to open three cottages in Hockley. (Courtesy Boys and Girls Country)
Builders partner to serve homeless population through nonprofit HomeAid Houston

Since launching in 2003, the organization has helped provide 20,000 beds for homeless individuals in the Houston area.

Montgomery County saw a sharp decrease in its population of people experiencing homelessness. (Kaitlin Schmidt/Community Impact Newspaper)
DATA: Here's a breakdown of the homelesss population in Montgomery County

The coalition counted 145 people on its annual count, a 51% decrease from the 298 counted in 2019.