Trustees Approve New Budget for FY2020

August 6, 2019

Kay Hendricks

Trustees sitting in the board room

The Alamo Colleges District’s Board of Trustees recently approved the district’s budget for 2019-2020, totaling $385.2 million.

The district’s new budget year begins September 1, 2019. The overall goal of the budget is to position the Alamo Colleges for "smart growth," which makes the most effective use of every dollar of revenue to support the economic and social mobility of the members of our community and the success of our students.

To achieve this goal, the board is heavily investing in two main areas: direct student support at the colleges; and support for talent across the district. A total of $9.5 million was earmarked for student support, with $9.2 million committed to support for talent.

At the budget meeting, the Board specifically approved: the FY20 operating budget revenue and expenses; a compensation and benefits increase; the AlamoPROMISE year-one launch for Phase 1 high schools; and completing the contract for college health clinics.

Student support services encompass expanded investments of $9.5 million in areas that directly support Alamo Colleges District students. These include:

  • $8.2 million for the five district colleges for planned 2.3% enrollment growth
  • $360,000 for health clinics to be piloted at San Antonio College and Palo Alto College in spring 2020
  • $617,000 to establish a Student Advocacy Network with centers at each college that offer services including food, shelter and clothing assistance, mental health access and equity
  • $145,000 to expand experiential learning opportunities to provide each graduating student with a workplace-based learning opportunity
  • $870,000 to continue to enhance AlamoADVISE by implementing an enrollment coach model across the district
  • $453,055 to move forward with AlamoPROMISE, which will eventually provide every graduating high school senior in Bexar County the opportunity to attend college without financial barriers

The board allotted $9.2 million to retain top talent across the district, position the district to attract top-quality candidates and remain competitive in hiring. The board also committed to:

  • A general wage increase of 3% for all employees, effective January 1, 2020
  • Implementation of a living wage increase (minimum $15 per hour) for employees as part of the district’s commitment to economic and social mobility for all
  • Adoption of a phased approach to lab loading for faculty, from .66 to .75, effective January 1, 2020
  • $540,000 for stipends to maintain market competitiveness for high-wage, high-demand programs including healthcare, IT and manufacturing, effective January 1, 2020 

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