Austin Community College President Steve Kinslow.
Steve Kinslow, president of Austin Community College, will be the guest speaker this week when the San Marcos Area Chamber of Commerce (SMACC) convenes its governmental affairs committee.
Kinslow will discuss ACC’s upcoming annexation effort in San Marcos.
The meeting will take place Thursday, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at Saltgrass Steakhouse.
A petition drive in Hays CISD already is underway for ACC. The drive to gather 2,000 signatures began late in November 2009. Organizers have until April 2 to gather the necessary number of signatures in order for annexation to go on the ballot in November 2010.
No such petition drive has yet begun in San Marcos CISD, so it’s highly unlikely that ACC will go on the November ballot.
Will Conley, the Hays County commissioner who also serves as vice chair for Partners for Progress in San Marcos, said a community college can fill an important role in the city. At the same time, Conley said, San Marcos is in a position to call the key terms for an annexation, so long as details can be worked out.
“We have identified many different gaps in our educational system,” said Conley, who pointed out that 15 percent of the San Marcos population that’s past high school age is without a high school diploma. “There’s also a void between kids with high school diplomas and those in a four-year college like Texas State. Obviously, a community college could fill that void for our community.”
ACC taxes 9.5 cents per $100 of taxable property value. However, residents of school districts in the ACC system pay $39 per hour for tuition, compared with $137 per hour for students outside of the ACC district.Email | Print