The Austin Community College District (ACC) Board of Trustees held its regular meeting on Monday, May 1, at Highland Campus.
Trustees received updates on the progress of the fiscal year 2024 (FY24) budget and the 2022 Bond Program and discussed adjunct faculty workloads and compensation.
Below are highlights from the meeting.
2022 Bond Program Update
The board heard updates on the 2022 General Obligation (GO) bond program. The college plans to roll out the bond projects in three phases. The administration presented a plan by which all projects could be completed by 2029. For more information on the GO bond and timelines, visit austincc.edu/bond.
FY24 Budget Update
Trustees received an update on the FY24 budget process. The college anticipates several items to impact next year’s budget, including implementing Workday Student, expansions to the Fast Track program, and increases in utility costs. Other impacts include registration, which is expected to increase by 2%. The board will discuss employee compensation and the proposed tax rate at the June and July board meetings. The new budget is effective beginning September 1, 2023.
Negotiations Approved for Program-Specific Contracts
The Board approved allowing college leadership to negotiate several new contracts for program-specific needs. First, the administration will execute contracts with Bulk Food Services, a broadline food distributor, for the Culinary Arts and Campus Operations departments.
Second, the college will execute contracts for Amatrol Mechatronic Trainers for multiple ACC programs, including Engineering Technology and both credit and non-credit skills training for Advanced Manufacturing. Local manufacturing company, NXP, donated additional funds to assist the college in purchasing three mechatronic trainers for a total of seven stations at the college.
Adjunct Faculty Workloads and Compensation
The board received an update on the current board policy for adjunct workloads and compensation. College administration is scheduled to meet with the adjunct faculty association. An update is expected at the June regular board meeting.
Waterline Easement Negotiations
The Board of Trustees voted to permit college administration to negotiate and sell two utility easements at the Pinnacle and San Gabriel campuses.
First, the City of Leander is requesting permission to install a reclaimed water line at San Gabriel Campus. The City of Leander will offer compensation for about 16,000 square feet of land. The area will have no impact on future development at San Gabriel Campus.
Second, the City of Austin is requesting permission to install a water line at Pinnacle Campus as part of the U.S. 290 expansion project. The City of Austin will offer compensation for approximately 8,800 square feet of land. The area will have no impact on future development at the Pinnacle Campus.
View all recordings from the meeting here.