Southwestern Community College has proposed and approved an increase in room and board fees for the 2013-2014 school year, and moves into the next phase of renovations for the instructional center.
“We are proposing an increase in the room and board rates, basically from our base rate,” said Teresa Krejci, SWCC chief financial officer. “It’s about 2.6 percent.”
Currently, the rate per semester for Spartan Suites and Spartan Hall is $2,825. The rate for West and Wilson Halls is $2,525. These rates include the minimum requirement of $750 of café cash.
There are three levels of proposed semester rates for room and board. The first includes $750 of café cash, the second includes $950 and the third includes $1,150. The increased rate for Spartan Suites and Spartan Hall for the first level is $2,900, the second level is $3,100 and the third level is $3,300.
The three levels apply to West and Wilson Halls also, with the same amount for café cash. The first level is proposed to be $2,600, the second is $2,800 and the third is $3,000.
“The 750 (café cash) is use it or lose it,” Krejci said. “It’s a requirement to go with the room and board. With those other levels, it is optional.”
The propsal was passed by the board unanimously.
“Phase one is scheduled to be done Friday of this week,” said Tom Lesan, vice president of economic development. “It has been delayed a little bit because of weather, but the project, as a whole, has been delayed a considerable amount of time.”
Phase two of the instructional center improvement project was approved at the board’s meeting in February.
“If they are done (with phase one) on Friday, that will be good,” said Lesan, “because Monday, phase two starts.”
Classes have been moved out of the 100 bay hallway in the instructional center and relocated. During construction, only construction workers will be allowed in the building. There will be a wooden wall set up in front of the main doors, and the door to room 180 will be locked.
The project is scheduled to be completed Aug. 12.
In other SWCC board news:
• The fiscal year 2013-2014 budget was approved unanimously after a public hearing.
• No offers have been made on the student-constructed house on Mulberry Street.
• SWCC President Barb Crittenden will be attending a meeting of community college presidents from across the country April 9 in Washington, D.C. The meeting, funded through the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, will focus on the future education of the nation’s nursing workforce.
• The board meeting scheduled for April 9 has been tentatively rescheduled for April 16.
• The board considered a board or plaque to honor Hall of Fame inductees.