Tuition at Blinn College will not increase for the next school year. Tuesday night, the Blinn College Board of Trustees voted unanimously to maintain tuition and the general fee at the current levels so as not to further burden students during the economic downturn.
Those students with permanent residences in Blinn's Washington County taxing district will continue to pay $35 per credit hour. Out-of-district students will pay $64. The general fee will remain at $28 per credit hour.
Tuesday night was the first time the Blinn trustees have held a regular board meeting outside of Washington County, which is the only part of the college's 13-county service area where taxes are collected for Blinn.
Board members toured areas of the Bryan campus that are scheduled for renovation this year to expand classroom and parking space. They also heard the final enrollment figures for the spring semester that included an overall increase of more than eight percent with record total spring enrollment of 14,961 with 2,029 in Brenham. The Bryan campus set a spring semester record with 10,453 students.
Other items from Tuesday's meeting:
The board awarded a contract to Goodwin-Lasiter for the design and construction of the classroom expansion and office remodeling on the Bryan campus.
Revisions to employee contracts that included making professional staff contracts one year. Some long-term employees currently hold two-year contracts. The appeals process for professional staff was also streamlined.
Consideration about contracting with a developer for privatized housing on the Brenham campus was postponed to give the board more time to study the numerous proposals received. The board will hold a special workshop meeting on Feb. 25 at noon to review the proposals and prepare for possible action on this item at the March 10 board meeting.
It was reported that the capital fundraising campaign for the Technical Education Center in Brenham is underway with a need remaining for $550,000 to build the facility on which Blinn broke ground last Friday, Feb. 13.