QUINCY -- The John Wood Community College Board of Trustees on Wednesday night approved a $15.539 million budget for the next fiscal year.
The budget is just over $550,000 more than last year but will not increase tuition or instructional fees for students. Tuition remains at $163 per credit hour for in-district students for the third consecutive year.
"Affordability and accessibility are vital for anyone seeking education whether they are pursuing a degree or certificate, taking part in training for their career or by enrolling in a class for personal enrichment," said JWCC President Mike Elbe. "Our mission is to make those opportunities as accessible as possible, especially the cost, because individuals who access education at every stage in life help themselves, their communities and our region's economic prosperity."
The budget increase accounts for strategic plan initiatives, enrollment priorities and contractual obligations. More than a dozen enrollment initiatives are part of the 2020 proposed budget, including scholarships to attract students into career, technical and health science programs.
Increased revenues are based on a projected 42,400 credit hours, which is 250 more than the current year's budgeted amount, flat state funding and property taxes.
In other business, the board accepted a $32,588 grant from the Illinois State Library and secretary of state to coordinate adult literacy volunteer instruction.
Trustees also approved a one-year, $10,000 contract with renewal options with American Central Insurance Co. for health insurance brokerage services.