Temple College

Temple College trustees adopted the 2018-19 tax rate, 19.795 cents, at its August board meeting.

The rate is lower than the current rate of 20.47 cents per $100 valuation. The tax rate is higher than the effective tax rate of 19.46 and lower than the rollback rate of 19.78.

The school’s budget for 2018-19 is $42 million.

The appraised amount for an average home in the TC taxing district is $144,550. The tax bill from TC for the average home at the current rate of 20.47 cents is $236.72.

The increase in the budget is mostly the result of personnel costs, particularly in the health professions.

TC is eligible for a nursing shortage reduction program grant, which will assist in TC’s plan to begin accepting nursing students in both the fall and spring semesters.

Two more faculty members were needed to accommodate a second class of nursing students, Van Miller, vice president of administrative services and chief financial officer, said.

Also, additional faculty was needed in the EMS and sonography programs.

In 2016, Marc Nigliazzo, president of Texas A&M University-Central Texas, signed a memorandum of understanding with Temple that the university that would offer bachelor of interdisciplinary studies with a music emphasis, bachelor of liberal studies with music concentration.

At the Monday board meeting, TC trustees approved another memorandum of understanding with A&M-Central Texas that added the bachelor’s of music degree, which required the approval of the A&M board of regents and the Higher Education Coordinating Board.

“According to our faculty this is the most desirable degree for graduate school,” Linda Guzman-Trevino, interim TC vice president of Academic Affairs, said.

Gracie Connor, TC division director of business and continuing education, reported that she made a presentation in Hutto to some nonprofits in the area that were interested in financially supporting education opportunities for residents in the area.

“They were excited by what we had to offer,” Connor said.

Reynolds Consumer Products recently offered a skills development fund and 19 first time supervisors were trained on improving workplace productivity, she said.

Go 2 Work will offer another hospitality course starting next week.