MCC Board Meeting Report: Sept. 17, 2008

On the 51st anniversary of its establishment as a junior college, Manatee Community College (MCC) District Board of Trustees in a unanimous vote made the historic decision to send to the Florida Department of Education a letter of intent as the first step in the state's Baccalaureate Proposal Approval Process for Community Colleges. Read the full report. 

In other action, MCC trustees took a stand against Amendment 8, a proposed amendment to the Florida Constitution that would authorize local option sales tax levies to support community colleges. If 60 percent of voters statewide approve the amendment in the November election, community colleges opting to seek local tax support would have to obtain the approval of voters in their respective service districts. MCC would be required to pass the local option tax in both Sarasota and Manatee counties.

Considering the tough economic climate and other variables, the board chose to take a stand against the amendment. However, if the amendment passes, the board will reevaluate the College's options.  

MCC President Lars A. Hafner announced that collegewide enrollment in the Fall term at MCC is pushing 11,000 with a record-breaking 10,715 head count; that the Dental Hygiene Program won rave reviews from a reaccreditation team that made a recent on-site visit; MCC offered the University of South Florida (USF) a two-year reduced-rate contract to continue offering classes at MCC Venice; and discussions are continuing regarding a future joint-use facility with USF at MCC Venice.

A LambdaRail Summit to be held Sept. 24 at MCC Lakewood Ranch presents opportunities for area educational institutions and businesses. MCC plans to become a hub for the high-speed research network and offer cost-efficient access to other educational institutions and businesses.

Hafner and the board welcomed two new board members to their first meeting. Gov. Charlie Crist appointed Manatee County residents Carlos Beruff, owner and president of Medallion Homes Gulf Coast Inc., and Joe Miller, Miller Recreation Equipment and Design. Trustees also congratulated board member Rev. Kelvin Lumpkin of Sarasota, who was reappointed by Crist for a second four-year term.

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