The Skyline College Strategic Planning and Allocation of Resources Committee (SPARC) held its last meeting for the academic year on Thursday, May 12, 2016.

Vice President of Administrative Services Eloisa Briones presented the proposed Skyline College Tentative Budget for Fiscal Year 2016-2017.   She reviewed the district 2016-2017 Resource Allocation Model for the General Unrestricted Fund, noting that based on current District assumptions for the 2016-17 Tentative Budget, Skyline College will receive approximately $2.5 million more than the current year allocation. This $2.5 million increase includes $1.4 million of ongoing Innovation Funds to support SparkPoint, Middle College, and the Baccalaureate Degree Programs, as well as funds to institutionalize the college’s Career and Workforce Programs and Career Advancement Academies.

VPA Briones added that the tentative allocation does not yet include compensation adjustments, so these will be added in the Adopted Budget. SPARC requested for further analysis of the International Student Growth funding allocation.  ISP Director Wissem Bennani informed SPARC that the District Steering Committee for International Students is looking to recommend the revision of the ISP allocation method. Eloisa reminded the committee that changes to the site allocation are likely as revenue and expenditure assumptions are finalized in the Adopted Budget.

SPARC also reviewed the 2016-17 Tentative Budget report.  In December, the committee recommended to the President a balanced tentative budget which includes funding for new positions.  After considering SPARC’s recommendation, President Stanback Stroud approved funding for 5 new faculty, 2.5 classified and 1.5 administrator positions.

Committee member Mike Fitzgerald made a motion to honor Dr. Sarah Perkins, Vice President of Instruction, for her many years of service, active participation and leadership on SPARC.  Dr. Perkins will be retiring later this year.  The motion was approved by all.

Article by Eloisa Briones