SCF Board Report: June 27, 2017

(Bradenton, Fla., June 28, 2017) — State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) District Board of Trustees held its regular monthly meeting June 27 at SCF Bradenton and approved a $51.1 million fiscal year 2017-2018 operating budget, associated schedules and fund balance allocations. The 2017-18 budget reflects reductions of $649,000 and $500,000 from the state budget process, offset by a nonrecurring increase totaling an overall increase of $629,000.

“We are very appreciative of the support provided by our entire legislative delegation, especially the work of Sen. Bill Galvano and Rep. Jim Boyd, to ensure the college received the financial resources in the 2017-18 state budget to continue to offer the academic programs and services our community needs,” said SCF President Carol F. Probstfeld. “SCF will continue to invest in student support initiatives specifically designed to positively impact persistence, completion and timely graduation.”

For the seventh consecutive year, the budget includes no tuition increase for students. Florida residents in two-year associate-level programs will continue to pay $78.84. Student tuition and fees support about 42 percent of SCF’s operating budget.

The Florida Legislature also provided $861,705 in Public Education Capital Outlay (PECO) funds, which are separate from the general operating budget, for renovations and ongoing maintenance of existing facilities and spaces at SCF’s three campuses.

The new budget is effective for SCF’s fiscal year that starts July 1, 2017 and ends June 30, 2018.

The board also approved:

  • Nonfinancial and financial consent agenda items;
  • Miscellaneous capital projects for Fiscal Year 2017-18, including Fine Arts shop upgrade, $175,000; roof and HVAC replacement for two Bradenton buildings, $500,000; parking lot lighting $200,000; Bradenton Campus site upgrades, $500,000; exterior building access control, Venice, $300,000; Collegiate School classroom and group study space, $345,000; and mechanical systems controls and equipment upgrades, Bradenton and Venice, $550,000;
  • A new Board Rule: 6HX14-2.60 Information Technology Resources Policy;
  • Board calendar for 2017-18;
  • Potential purchase of property in northeast Manatee County contingent upon common real estate purchasing factors, such as surveying, appraisal and environmental scans.

The next board meeting, which will include an organizational portion, will be at 5:30 p.m. Aug. 15 at 5:30 p.m. at SCF Lakewood Ranch.


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