Full-time faculty and staff at Blinn College are set to receive pay raises.
Employees with salaries below the College District-wide median will receive a 6 percent increase, while employees with salaries above the median will receive a 5 percent raise. The budget includes $400 in faculty longevity pay and increases the entry-level salary for full-time faculty from $42,000 to $45,000. It also increases the staff minimum wage from $11 to $15 per hour.
Vice Chancellor for Business and Finance Richard Cervantes said aside from a 5 percent raise in 2020, the last increase of this size dates back around 15 years.
Trustees were satisfied with the proposed raises, including Board Secretary Charles Moser, who said the College should put equal emphasis on taking care of its infrastructure and employees.
The pay increases are costing the College District $2.7 million. The total budget represents a 0.2 percent increase over the previous year.
The board also received a report regarding spring, May minimester, and summer I enrollment. Spring enrollment dipped 2.17 percent districtwide with 15,167 students enrolled. That total included 5,366 students on the Bryan Campus, 4,116 online, 2,405 on the RELLIS Campus, 1,658 high school dual credit students, 1,433 on the Brenham Campus, 51 on the Schulenburg Campus, and 33 on the Sealy Campus.
May minimester enrollment improved 1.35 percent with 972 students enrolled, while preliminary summer I enrollment declined 5.35 percent with 5,764 students.
In other business, the board authorized the College to negotiate and execute contracts for the demolition of Holleman, Memorial, and Solons halls on the Brenham Campus and for the College’s customer relationship management system.