Texarkana College's Board of Trustees approved a proposal for parking lot repairs during their regular meeting Tuesday.
The board approved hiring Tatum Excavating Company for $312,314 to do the repairs, which will begin in the summer. Other proposals were received from Tri-State Asphalt for $326,841 and Wiley Calhoun Company for $481,900.
The improvements are part of the TC's campuswide improvement plan and will be paid by funds generated through the $10 million maintenance tax note the board approved in February. The funds will be used for enhancement, upgrades and renovations to campus facilities, including the STEM buildings, to meet federal ADA compliance standards and modernize instructional space.
In other business, the board approved faculty contracts for the 2019-20 school year.
Phyllis Deese, TC's director of human resources, said the college was keeping a low number of high-quality faculty to meet the needs of the students.
"We've got such tremendous faculty. We maintain an approximately 22 to 1 faculty-to-student ratio, which is tremendous, but it's also important to note that it's really kind in the average for community colleges in Texas," she said. "I think what that says about us is we don't have an overabundance of faculty and that we are fiscally responsible still as far as looking at the number of faculty to students, but we keep it low enough to maintain a very quality which is evident in our results."
Those results include having been ranked as the number one community college in the state for student's three-year graduation rates by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. TC has a completion rate of 45.8 percent for students which began as first-time students in 2015. The state average for three-year graduation rates at community colleges is 22.8 percent.
In 2018, TC also received the Achieving the Dream Leah Meyer Austin Award, the highest honor awarded to community colleges. It recognizes outstanding, transformational change leading to student success and completion. The college has been part of Achieving the Dream, a network, of more than 220 community colleges that work together to achieve academic success, personal growth and economic opportunity, since 2012.