TSC hires IT setup firm [The Brownsville Herald, Texas]
(Brownsville Herald (TX) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Jan. 26--The Texas Southmost College Board of Trustees this week approved a budget amendment of $2 million payable to Dynamic Campus, an information technology service provider for college campuses.
The contract runs from January to August, said Chet Lewis, TSC vice president of finance and administration.
"They are going to be doing all of our start-up for our information technology," Lewis said. "They'll be handling all of our computer labs; they'll be handling all of our Internet needs, wireless, (and) software systems."
The budget amendment comes after an independent review by the Pattillo, Brown & Hill LLP accounting firm that declared TSC's budget was exemplary compared to some government entities, Cameron County Judge Carlos Cascos said during the presentation at Thursday's meeting. He is employed by the firm.
"It's the best opinion you can receive in terms of your financial reporting," Cascos said.
The report found that the cost of daily operation decreased from $170,000 in 2011 to $153,000 in 2012.
"Your debt has gone down, your cost of operations has gone down," Cascos said, "but your rainy day fund source has gone up."
After the savings are "quantified," Lewis said that TSC would discuss spending cuts.
"We did that by re-evaluating some of the projects we had from a facilities standpoint," Lewis said. "It's a culmination of all those things, good budget management and trying to be frugal when we know that we have a lot of start-up costs that we have to be addressing."
TSC President Lily Tercero said during the meeting the college is in the process of filling administrative positions at the community college and TSC had received a hefty pool of applicants, local and statewide.
After almost three hours of discussions on real estate matters and pending personnel issues in closed session, including possible discussion of Tercero's evaluation and employment contract, the board emerged without a decision.
Tercero said discussions with the University of Texas System about possible property deals were ongoing, but she declined to discuss specifics.
The board also voted to extend tax exemptions to certain historical sites underneath the Heritage Plan.
During announcements, Tercero said that Robert Aguero, vice president of instruction and student services, will retire at the end of the month.
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