What The Failed $500 Million Bond Proposal Means For Lone Star College
by: Laura Isensee, May 14, 2013 12:05:00 pm
If it were up to voters in Harris County, the bond package for Lone Star College would have passed — albeit by a small margin.
But voters in Montgomery County strongly rejected the measure.
Kyle Scott is a newly elected trustee for the community college. He says the administration never justified the bond.
“The growth rate is not what they would have predicted, at least in my opinion. The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board who had a clear and transparent methodology predicted far less growth than what Lone Star did.”
Scott says the college can handle growth in other ways, like online classes and maximizing existing classrooms.
But Ray Laughter with Lone Star College says the failed vote could complicate efforts to meet student enrollment.
“Well it certainly could impact the growth. As I said we’ve added a lot of students over the last 5 years — 30,000.”
He says registration for the fall semester is up by double digits. He says the college has already tried to increase capacity with more online courses and scheduling classes at unconventional hours.
“Students may need to find alternate ways for them to get their training or education for either transfer or for career.”
Laughter says it’s too early to say if Lone Star College will try to float a bond again in the near future.
The board of trustees will meet in June and start figuring out the next step