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Mt. San Jacinto College shares highlights of board of trustees meeting


Last updated 1/4/2018 at Noon

The Mt. San Jacinto College Board of Trustees held its annual organizational meeting, introducing from left to right, Trustees Dr. Sherrie Guerrero and Dorothy McGargill, new board President Bill Zimmerman, Trustee Ann Motte and new Clerk of the Board Tom Ashley. Courtesy photo

SAN JACINTO – The Mt. San Jacinto College Board of Trustees held its annual reorganization meeting, Dec. 14, before its regular board meeting. Trustee Bill Zimmerman was selected to serve as board president. Trustee Tom Ashley will serve as clerk of the board.

Also, the board adopted a resolution to certify the final environmental impact report and adopt the campus master plan for the Interstate 15 corridor. The project would guide the district’s future growth and development by incorporating several project objectives.

First, it would further the district’s mission to enhance access to higher education and lifelong learning for the growing population in southwestern Riverside County, and it would further the state’s identified mission and function of a community college in an area where there is a marked demand for two-year degree programs, vocational training and other educational opportunities for the community.

It would provide increased opportunities for education, create new jobs, and accommodate planned growth in the region and create a campus that is compatible with surrounding land use and that provides both passive and active recreational opportunities for the community.

Lastly, it would create a state-of-the-art, full-service campus with an emphasis on science and technology and conserve valuable biological resources on-site, consistent with goals and objectives of the Western Riverside County Multiple Species Habitat Conservation Plan.

linkThe board also approved a resolution to authorize the issuance of $120 million from the Measure AA facilities bond. The total $295 million bond was approved by voters in 2014. The first $72 million of the bond funds have been used to for emergency and energy efficiency improvements throughout the district, including the installation of a solar field, of emergency phones in classrooms and of renovations of the Athletic Complex at the San Jacinto Campus. In addition, upgrades of the district’s wireless system, emergency generators and fire alarm systems.

Finally, the board of trustees approved the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges’ Institutional Self Evaluation Report.

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