Board of Regents discuss local partnership in November meeting

An independent audit of the school, some student affairs updates, and a holiday partnership with the city of Levelland were some of the topics discussed during the November meeting of the South Plains College Board of Regents.

First on the agenda was a report that was released regarding an independent financial audit of SPC.

Among some of the notable items were a few reported losses in key areas, including $3.2 million in lost property tax revenue, and the biggest operating revenue decrease was found in state grants and contracts.

Non-operating revenues were found to be down $3.8 million, largely due to the fact that most of the previous year’s funding in that area came from a grant that was not received for the current year. There is an expected increase of $212 million in the tax base for 2018, according to the report.

The full audit report is available for review by request.

For an update on the current state of student life and activites, Dr. Stan Demeritt, vice president of student affairs at SPC, was happy to report that “student life has been rocking and rolling.”

“You can quote that,” Dr. Demeritt added.

In the local community, a partnership was announced with the City of Levelland and Main Street to put on the city’s annual Festival of Lights holiday parade.

“We’ll start the lighting here,” said Dr. Demeritt. “There will be refreshments here, and then the […] lighted parade will start on this campus.”

In past, the college has had its own event, but this joint effort is a move toward further involvement in the community’s celebration.

“We’re trying to do a collaborative effort instead of having two opposing events going on at the same time,” added Dr. Demeritt. “Let’s work together as a community.”

The parade will begin at SPC, and continue down College Avenue, before turning left to the square in downtown Levelland.

Dr. Demeritt also announced the return of the tradition of the Sixth Man at SPC basketball games. The pep team has learned some of the cheers from the SPC cheerleaders, and students are reportedly enjoying the sense of enthusiasm and fun that comes along with their presence at the games.

“We now have about 30 students that have said they want to participate as a Sixth Man,” Dr. Demeritt said. “And if you’ve been to a basketball game this past week, you’ll notice that the excitement is really picked up on the students’ side.”

This month’s meeting concluded with an executive session that was not open to the press, the topic of discussion for which was reportedly property. According to SPC President Dr. Robin Satterwhite, there were to be no action items on the table during the closed session.

This type of closed meeting is provided for in Govt. Code 551.072, which states: “A governmental body may conduct a closed meeting to deliberate the purchase, exchange, lease, or value of real property if deliberation in an open meeting would have a detrimental effect on the position of the governmental body in negotiations with a third person.”

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