Board of Trustees approves 2021-2022 budget

LCC’s Board of Trustees approved a $129 million budget for Fiscal Year 2021-2022 during their June 21 meeting.
The budget process was complicated this year by uncertainty over state appropriations, as the state has not yet approved its budget for next year. However, the college’s best projection estimates state appropriations will equal nearly $35 million. Other large sources of college revenue are property taxes as well as tuition and fees, estimated to bring in nearly $47 million and nearly $44 million, respectively.
The college’s largest expense is salaries and benefits, which is projected to equal about 68.5% of all General Fund expenses in 2021-2022. Services and supplies account for another 15.2%.
The June 21 meeting began with a moment of silence for LCC’s founding president, Dr. Philip J. Gannon, who passed away earlier in June.
Trustees then spent several hours reviewing and discussing the college’s recent Public Safety review. The college engaged external auditing firm Baker Tilly as one component of our self-reflection during this national moment of reckoning with institutionalized racism broadly and in law enforcement specifically. Dr. Robinson discussed the results of the review in a May blog post. The chair thanked the college for the audit, and the Public Safety officers for their work. Trustees asked several questions about the audit’s conclusions and discussed a possible 90-day moratorium on the Public Safety Division issuing civil moving infractions, but ultimately voted against that proposal.
In addition, trustees approved:

  • Assignment of a lease for 10 hangars at the Mason Jewett Airport from the Kenneth Baker Shelton Jr. Trust. LCC currently rents two of those hangars, and accepting the assignment will eliminate the need to pay rent on those hangars as well as provide the college with eight additional hangars that draw rent from third parties.
  • Revisions to nine college policies on Student and Instruction.
  • Amendments to the Michigan New Jobs Training Agreements with MWC and Spartan Fire Chassis to increase the agreement amount to $450,000 and $513,000, respectively.
  • An agreement with the City of Lansing to provide a temporary parking solution for students and employees during the 2021-2022 academic year, while construction of the new Gannon parking ramp is underway. In total, the agreement will cost about $587,000 and will provide the college with about 516 additional parking spaces. Look for more information about parking for the 2021-2022 academic year in future issues of The Star.
  • A total of $102,000 for three-year parking lot lease agreements with Central Free Methodist Church, Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church and Walk In Truth Ministries. The college leased these surface lots prior to 2020-2021, but did not renew them during the COVID-19 pandemic. As in-person class offerings increase, these leases are again necessary to support student parking.
  • Ratification of the LCC-PTCTU labor contract agreement, effective through June 30, 2023.
  • A revision to the college policy on Veterans In-State Tuition to ensure LCC complies with the new in-state tuition mandate for all students using eligible GI Bill benefits, in accordance with a recently passed federal law.

Trustees also approved several routine Purchase Orders and Blanket Purchase Orders, including:

  • $825,000 for campus-wide repeater design, equipment and installation, to ensure emergency responders can communicate throughout campus.
  • A combined $50,000 increase in the Blanket Purchase Orders with Dee Cramer and Limbach Company for campus-wide sheet metal maintenance services.
  • A $400,582 Purchase Order to procure Cisco Meraki Wi-Fi access points, supporting hardware and licensing that will expand wireless network services across campus. This purchase will be funded by the federal Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund II (HEERF II).
  • A $147,880 Purchase Order to procure Hewlett Packard Enterprise server and storage equipment for the college’s data recovery infrastructure.
  • A $742,500 three-year Blanket Purchase Order with Zayo to serve as the college’s internet service provider. The contract includes two, one-year options to extend.
  • A $165,600 three-year renewal of the Blanket Purchase Order with Brainfuse to provide 24/7 online tutoring to students.
  • A $321,317 three-year renewal of the Blanket Purchase Order with Innovative Interfaces for maintenance and support of the Sierra Library Services Platform, which supports the LCC Library’s integrated library system.

The Board also conducted a first read for revisions to six college policies covering Student and Instruction as well as nine policies covering Finance. The revisions will be voted on at the September meeting.
The Board of Trustees will next meet at 6 p.m. Sept. 20. Watch your email or visit the Board of Trustees website for details of the meeting.