Blinn College officials and members of the Brenham business community were in Austin yesterday asking state lawmakers to consider modifying a proposal that would reduce funding on the home campus. The House Higher Education committee ran out of time before hearing from the Blinn delegation. Speakers included committee member John Raney of Bryan, who wants to stop revenue generated by Blinn students in Bryan from being spent on the Brenham campus. Blinn trustees and their Brenham administrators spent almost three hours behind closed doors the night before last preparing for the committee hearing. Among those speaking after the executive session was Blinn’s interim district president Doctor Ana Guzman who said they have not been looking sufficiently at the Brenham campus because of the growth in Bryan. Raney did not comment on a Blinn resolution accepting his idea to split state money based on campus size while remaining opposed to using the same formula to divide revenue from tuition and fees. The trustees also want any changes to take effect in 2019 instead of 2017.
Recent rain has put the construction of College Station’s ninth elementary school slightly behind schedule. But Superintendent Clark Ealy says Spring Creek will open as scheduled this August. Doctor Ealy says the school board approved at this week’s meeting the purchase of furniture for Spring Creek as well as $1.3-million for 1,500 new desktop computers for use around the district. Funding comes from bond money approved by voters the year before last. The board also approved the contract for C-S-I-S-D’s new purchasing and warehouse complex, which will be built next to the transportation center. The total price of $7-million is $510,000 below the project estimate.
And, those driving by Central Baptist Church at Highway 30 and Harvey Road will see a crowd today. The reason is the annual disaster drill conducted by the Texas A&M Health Science Center. The exercise involves more than 350 medical students and 700 community volunteers serving as patients.