Mohave Community College has approved its annual budget for fiscal year 2014 after a hearing and special meeting held Thursday on the Lake Havasu City campus.
The MCC’s Board of Governors’ unanimous vote in favor of its $54.13 million budget came a few hours before the Arizona legislature passed a budget for the state after contentious debate between Democratic and Republican factions. MCC administrators did not anticipate any changes to their percentage of the state’s money, and therefore proceeded with their budget decision before the official word for the legislature.
For the fiscal year beginning July 1, MCC did see a decrease of 3.4 percent in funds compared to fiscal year 2013. Education has faced steady cuts for the last several years in response to the economic downturn, which hit state coffers across the country.
At MCC, the Board of Governors also approved a number of expenditures after the budget meeting.
The first is for a one-year library database subscription totaling $49,904. The database subscription service provides information to students who use the MCC libraries in person or online. The contract for academic year 2013-2014 would be with EBSCO Information Services, a sole source provider. The move to EBSCO will save the college $1,500 over the previous year’s contracts.
Another approved investment is the next phase of the college’s annual computer refresh program. Each year a number of new computers are acquired to assure that students have the latest technology. Existing lab and classroom computers are recycled to lower demand classes or to faculty and staff.
The proposal for 2013-2014 is to acquire 43 new laptop computers and 37 new desktop computers. The selected computers will be compatible with the MCC system, existing networks and existing machines. MCC is purchasing the desktops from Hewlett-Packard Corporation in Scottsdale for $26,729. Core Advanced Technology Computers of Atlanta will provide Dell laptops for $34,487.
“As we purchase new computers, the old ones aren’t thrown away, they are moved down throughout the system to various parts of the system.” explained Lynn Cundiff, MCC’s executive vice president. “We will move some of the older machines out of the student labs and move them into an area where they can be better utilized. Students will get better machines, but the old ones will remain in the college unless they are so old that they need to be disposed of. We have a very detailed plan of who that will affect and where all the computers go.”
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