BRTC Board holds quarterly meeting
POCAHONTAS – On Thursday, February 6, the Board of Trustees for Black River Technical College held their regularly scheduled meeting at the Paragould location.
President Martin Eggensperger and Rhonda Stone, vice president of finance, announced that reserves have not been touched this year. The college has found alternate resources to cover all expenses, including implementing a 6% budget cut in Fall 2019 and another 10% budget cut this month.
Jason Smith, vice president of enrollment management, announced BRTC was approved to be a part of the federal work study program. The college will receive $60,000 a year to employ students on campus. This amount will cover the approximately $62,000 the college has spent per year employing student workers on campus.
In addition, Smith was pleased to share that the college itself will not be utilizing college funds to pay for any part of the mascot. The Student Government Association (SGA) offered to pay for the mascot. Student activity fees are restricted to student-based expenditures and are managed by SGA. SGA generally spends about half of the funds they receive each year and have been saving the rest. SGA offered the college $40,000 to use in creating the mascot, leaving them well over $150,000 in savings for other needs as students see fit.
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