College board approves some salary increases

A second set of salary adjustments for full-time San Juan College faculty and staff were approved by the College Board.

Joshua Kellogg

FARMINGTON – The San Juan College Board approved a second set of salary adjustment recommendations for full-time faculty and staff members during its meeting Tuesday night.
Board members approved implementing 25 percent of the salary adjustments recommended by the consulting firm Condrey and Associates, which are set to take effect on Jan. 1, 2016. 
The adjustments were based on a wage and compensation study conducted by Condrey and Associates, which recommended about $1.7 million in raises be approved to keep the college’s wages competitive.
The current estimate to implement the salary adjustments is about $317,000, according to Ron Jernigan, senior director of institutional research. 
Half of the salary increases — about $868,000 — were included in the 2014-2015 budget.
Approval of the salary increases was dependent on revenue the college has received this semester from tuition and fees, Ken Hare, college board president, said following the meeting.
“It was very critical to the board that we maintain the student credit hour count, which is the figure we receive our funding on,” Hare said. 
During the board work session Tuesday afternoon, Jernigan said the number of student credit hours was virtually identical to the amount at the same time during the fall 2014 semester.
Jernigan said the college’s revenue from tuition and fees this year was about $4.79 million, about 2.4 percent or about $116,000 short of the $4.91 million the college projected to receive.
 “It’s very important for us to be cognizant of all our revenues and expenses, and do what is in the best interest of the employees and college community,” college President Toni Pendergrass said after the meeting. 
The funding for the salary adjustments will come from a contingency fund of about $487,000 set aside in this year’s budget.


Pendergrass and Hare both said they would like to implement the remaining 25 percent of the salary recommendations in the future, but that would depend on the health of the San Juan County economy.

Hare said the board was aware of local economic issues with companies laying off workers and reductions in tax revenues, and he said those issues will be critical in how the board develops the budget for the 2016-2017 school year.

“We’re in a tough time right now,” Hare said.

Joshua Kellogg covers education for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4627.