FAIRFIELD — Solano College will offer summer classes once again and the landscape of the college will change after a successful election night.
College leaders and students celebrated as two ballot items passed that will help avoid budget cuts and revamp all three campuses. Election night treated Solano College well as Measure Q, a $348 million bond, and the governor’s Proposition 30 each passed.
President Jowell Laguerre gave his report Wednesday to the Solano College District Board of Trustees, highlighting several changes coming to the campus in future years.
“The voters of Winters and Solano County trust the college,” Laguerre told the board. “We have to do everything to keep that.”
Measure Q will bring updated buildings for the science, arts and other departments. It will add to campuses in Vacaville and Vallejo, bringing an agriculture center and fire training with it. It will likely be until January before specifics will start to be planned, which includes assembling an oversight committee, Laguerre said prior to the meeting.
Proposition 30 will reinstate summer classes, which were cut last year as a budget saving. Laguerre said extra classes would be added to the spring schedule and some hiring freezes for instructors could be lifted.
He said after worrying that an opposing group would step up against the measure, he soon realized it was firing up his group.
“They motivated us to go further,” Laguerre said.
Laguerre continually thanked all groups that helped spread the word and supported the measure. He also told a story about being mistaken as a politician after his nonstop campaigning.
“I told her I’m not a politician, I’m an educator,” he said. “Then she apologized.”
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