Community leaders recommend facilities to accommodate growth
A committee of community leaders recommended to the Lone Star College System Board of Trustees in February that the system build new learning facilities and infrastructure sufficient to accommodate the system’s historical growth.
Barbara Thomason, president of the Houston Northwest Chamber of Commerce, spoke on behalf of the committee members who represent area businesses, education, government and civic sectors to the LSCS Board of Trustees at the board’s regular meeting.
“We offer these recommendations in the best interest of Lone Star College System and the communities it serves,” Thomason said.
She explained that the committee recognized the need to make plans to stay ahead of the drastic growth seen by the college, along with maintaining the tax rate, which is the same as it was 15 years ago.
“Our committee was in agreement that any bond program the college undertakes should not impact the tax rate,” she said, which is a commitment shared by LSCS as well as members of the LSCS Board of Trustees.
Since the last bond referendum was approved by voters in May of 2008, LSCS has added 30,000 students to its rolls, an increase of 58 percent.
“The enrollment growth at Lone Star College System is unprecedented,” said Dr. Richard Carpenter, LSCS chancellor. “Our colleges are at or beyond capacity, even with the facilities that were brought online as a result of the 2008 bond referendum.
“These projects being recommended by the committee represent facilities needs in three to four years, when we’re projecting our enrollment will surpass 100,000 students,” said Dr. Carpenter.