Due to state funding concerns for the Imperial Community College District’s 2011-12 budget, the district’s Board of Trustees may approve closing the Calexico Center effective June 30, with plans to move those classes elsewhere through partnerships and a three- to five-year plan to be developed for establishing a center in Calexico.
IVC’s administration and a blue ribbon task force reviewed data on Calexico students and unanimously recommended the closing of the Calexico campus for the next school year.
Gov. Jerry Brown’s 2011-12 budget revision released Monday includes a return of $1.6 billion due to reinstatement of Proposition 98 money to kindergarten-through-12th grade and community colleges’ general funds.
District spokesman Bill Gay said while things look encouraging, the basic situation hasn’t changed and details of the potential financial impact of closing the Calexico Center will be thoroughly etched out tonight. The closing of the campus would result in 12 job losses, he said.
Classes at the Calexico Center could be transferred to Calexico High School, Imperial Valley College’s main campus and possibly San Diego State University’s campuses in Calexico and Brawley.
Imperial County District 1 Supervisor John Renison said he will attend the meeting tonight to advocate for the use of locations in the community for classes.
“The issue here is not so much if they close that building, it’s whether they will provide us with alternative sites,” he said. “It’s all about access and having that in Calexico.”
Efrain Silva is an instructional dean of economic and work force development at IVC and provides overall supervision for the Calexico campus. He said approximately 1,200 students attend the Calexico campus.
He hopes that agreements with Calexico Unified School District and San Diego State University-Imperial Valley campus will allow the Calexico campus to continue to offer as many courses as possible currently offered, making direct impact of a closure minimal.
“The college intends to continue to provide services that the community needs, and we’re looking to do it in a way that is more viable and advantageous for the community,” Silva said.
Staff Writer Chelcey Adami can be reached at 760-337-3452 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you go
What: Imperial Community College District Board of Trustees meeting
When: 6 p.m. today
Where: 380 E. Aten Road in Imperial, Administration Building 10