Tomorrow marks the first time in four months that the Texas A&M system Board of Regents is meeting. The agenda includes several personnel actions affecting the flagship campus. The regents are being asked to select a familiar name as A&M’s next Vice President of Finance and Administration. Jerry Strawser recently stepped down as Dean of the Mays Business School. Strawser is being offered a salary, proposed at $362,000, up from his predecessor B.J. Crain who earned $330,000. The regents are also being asked to give Interim President Mark Hussey the authority to extend the contracts of head football coach Kevin Sumlin, head men’s basketball coach Billy Kennedy, men’s golf head coach J.T. Higgins, and women’s tennis head coach Howard Joffe.
Tonight is the first of three opportunities to tell the College Station school board what you think about new elementary school boundaries. As was the case when elementary zones were changed four years ago, there are no feeder patterns to the intermediate schools. Tonight’s public hearing is at the C-S-I-S-D board room, starting at 7:00. Comments will also be taken Thursday afternoon at 5:00 at the transportation center. The third public hearing is the following Wednesday at noon, also at the transportation center.
And, Bryan police and the Brazos County sheriff’s office have taken calls about a scam where people are being threatened with arrest for failing to report to jury duty. Bryan police officer Kelley McKethan says the scam calls for people to pay $400 fines over the phone with a prepaid debit card. McKethan says the scammers are working nights, weekends, and holidays and she says you can always call local law enforcement to verify the information. The sheriff’s office does not solicit payments over the phone and the police department is not involved with the jury duty process in any way at all.