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PJC Regents approve tax increase, receive enrollment update

Published or Revised September 29, 2020

After receiving no adverse comments on a proposed tax increase, the Paris Junior College Board of Regents adopted a 2020 tax rate of $0.089 per $100 valuation at their Monday evening meeting, Sept. 28, 2020. They also received a report on a fall enrollment drop due largely to the affects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Compared to one year ago, PJC fall enrollment is down 11.31 percent in contact hours and nine percent in head count. Most colleges in East Texas are showing declines, some by as much as 15 percent, though all numbers are not yet available. The pandemic has affected all areas including dual credit students at PJC, with 83 fewer than last year taking classes.

There should be some reduction in overload and adjunct pay due to lower enrollment, according to Dr. Pam Anglin, PJC President, but more sections were offered for the fall semester to provide more choices to students. These included real-time video interactive courses as well as face-to-face, online, and hybrid classes.

In other business, the Regents:

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