The Aims Community College Board of Trustees finalized its 2012-13 budget on Wednesday, which included raises for all college employees and no tuition increases for students.
“I’m glad we were able to help the part-time employees,” board member Larry Wood said. “They are an integral part of our college. I’m glad we have the money to do it.”
The $52 million budget includes a 3 percent, plus $1,000 raise for all full-time employees and a 3.5 percent raise for all part-time employees.
The $1,000 addition was to make the salaries for employees at the lower end of the pay scale more competitive. The additional $1,000 means employees received between a 4.125 percent and an 8 percent raise based on their current salary.
“We need to increase the base of the full-time employees,” Wood said. “We can use that to make sure we keep a high level of employees. And we have a lot of part time people. You have to take care of them because we are relying on them a lot more.”
The budget also finalized the board’s wishes not to increase tuition for all students.
“I am very pleased we had the resources this year to offer the students the ability to come here for that price,” said board president Walt Richter. “It’s the best investment for a student to come here to get their education.”
In other action, the board approved a change to director boundaries to conform to new census numbers.