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Board of trustees vote on tentative budget for 2013 fiscal year

FREEPORT�The Highland Community College Board of Trustees approved a tentative 2013 fiscal year budget during their July meeting. The permanent budget will be submitted to the Illinois Community College Board once finalized by Trustees during the September 18 session. funny cartoons pictures

"For fiscal year 2013, we expect decreased revenue of over $600,000 due to decreased state funding, decreased property tax revenue, and enrollment returning to more typical levels," said Jill Janssen, vice president of administrative services. "Overall, the tentative operating funds budget includes a deficit of about $450,000, which will be partially offset by a $360,000 surplus from fiscal year 2012." funny pictures

According to administrators, the college will utilize its fund balance, or reserve, to absorb the remaining deficit. Currently, Highland�s projected fund balance is maintained at levels recommended by the Illinois Community College Board. funny images

The permanent budget will further account for fall enrollment numbers, and state and federal restricted grant funding. College administrators noted that as of June 30, the State of Illinois owed the College about $130,000 in grant-funded veterans� benefits. Additionally, the College is still awaiting $598,000 in unrestricted funds and $165,000 in restricted funds from the state.

Despite increases in costs for items such as unfunded state-mandated tuition waivers, employee health insurance premiums and building maintenance, the majority of the operating budget is directly allocated to vital services and instruction, benefitting students and the surrounding communities. funny photos

In other business, Trustees also approved the following items:

� Final reading of the security camera policy and the college-authorized security cameras acceptable use guidelines
� Reaffirmation of the Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) accreditation method
� Renewal of agreements between CareerTEC and Highland for auto body , auto mechanics, business, information systems, cosmetology , and medical terminology
� Continuation of an independent contractor agreement with Xueshu Song to develop learning models and other instructional projects for the Wind Technician Training National Science Foundation grant-funded project.

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