The San Diego Community College District‘s trustees on Thursday approved a tentative budget of $748.6 million for the 2014-15 academic year that includes more classes and new faculty.
The budget covers operating costs and construction projects for what is California’s second largest community college district.
“This is the second year of good budget news for community colleges since the voters passed Proposition 30 in November 2012,” said Chancellor Constance M. Carroll. “Our district will use the increased revenue to offer more classes for students, add more faculty, and make many operational improvements.”
Carroll said the district expects to add 410 course sections and serve 3,100 additional students during the year at City, Mesa, and Miramar colleges and on continuing education campuses. The district also plans to add 43 full-time, tenure-track faculty members prior to the start of the fall semester to fill 30 new positions and 13 vacancies.
This follows a year in which the district added 582 course sections and 30 full-time faculty positions. Also during 2013-14, the district offered a nearly fully restored summer session for the first time in five years.
“With this budget, we are continuing a period of rebuilding, restoration, and renewal,” said Trustee Rich Grosch, who is president of the district’s governing board. “Good fiscal planning will enable the district to serve more students and enable them to achieve their education objectives.”
The district serves 130,000 students annually through its three two-year colleges and seven continuing education campuses.
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