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[5] > Image [5] of Minutes of the University of Kentucky Board of Trustees, 1990-03-apr3.

Part of Minutes of the University of Kentucky Board of Trustees

- 5 - In the Community College System, the budget includes an increase of $24.7 million over the biennium. This amounts to an increase of almost 50%. The budget includes the following: $19.3 million for program This amount is enough to provide for a number of the priorities included in the biennial request approved by the Board in the fall -- the statutory and contractual obligations for staff benefits and operating funds for new buildings; 5% salary increase each year for faculty and staff; inflationary increases on operating expenses; significant progress in faculty and staff salary catch-up; current expense improvement; faculty and support staff position catch-up and some funding to deal with needs across the system (weekend and evening programs, nursing and allied health programs, expansion of the general education programs). This will particularly give the community colleges the opportunity to employ faculty to help catch up with some of the increases in enrollment experienced the last few years. $5 million of new debt service This amount will be for new community college buildings on the Madisonville, Henderson, Owensboro, Maysville, Southeast, Lexington and Jefferson Southwest Campus. $150.000 for the Commonwealth Scholars program $250.000 for courses in Qarrollton Interim President Wethington stated that he is extremely pleased with the action by the Governor and the General Assembly. This will bring higher education to about 88% of formula funding from approximately 80% at the present. He stated that if the funds do stay and if the budget does get approved, significant progress can be made within the University during the next two years, particularly as the University addresses some of the serious problems in providing competitive salaries for faculty and staff. He informed the Board that a more complete presentation would be made at the May meeting. Mr. Ockerman expressed appreciation to each member of the Board for the support they had given to the legislative process and the favorable results that the University had attained. He stated that Dr. Wethington is in a large measure responsible for many of the good things that have happened to the University and higher education during this legislative session. The time that he spent in Frankfort had been very productive, and the Board thanks him. H. Prsonnel. Actions (PR 2) With Interim President Wethington so recommending, Judge Tackett made a motion to approve the routine personnel actions in PR 2. The motion, seconded by Mr. Rose, carried. (See PR 2 at the end of the Minutes.)