LSCS trustees approve new Creekside campus in 2013-14 budget

The Lone Star College System board of trustees voted in July to approve a $317 million budget for the 2013-14 year, a budget that includes $36.3 million for the new Creekside campus.

Laura Morris, associate vice chancellor for market and communication for LSCS, said the new 85,000-square-foot campus will be located on West New Harmony Trail, west of Kuykendahl Road. She said construction could begin next fall.

The Creekside campus was initially part of a $497 million bond package brought to voters in a May bond election. Voters rejected the bond proposal, with 55.6 percent opposing the plan.

According to LSCS, the new Creekside campus will be funded by revenue bonds. Revenue bonds are bonds paid for by the revenue a facility or program generates through its user fees.

Kyle Scott, who opposed the bond, and was voted into Position 2 on the LSCS board in May, also voted against the budget.

"I voted against the budget in its entirety because it did contain the revenue bonds," Scott said. "The argument is, if the voters had approved that project, and other projects, this would be nothing more than going against the will of the voters in May."

Trustee David Vogt voted in favor of the bond, and said there is an increased demand for a campus to be located in Creekside.

"We expect to see a lot of demand there," he said. "That is an area of growth for The Woodlands, and also an area of growth for all of those other communities, and [the location of the campus] is real close to the ExxonMobil campus."

Vogt said the revenue generated will come from higher fees for business training. He said student fees will not be increased to pay for the bond.