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ASC president defers salary increase until all campus employees get raises

Modified: Saturday, Oct 1st, 2011


State Senator Rollie Heath spoke to the ASC Board of Trustees Friday about Proposition 103. Heath proposes restoring the state tax level to 1990s levels to benefit education.


ALAMOSA — The ASC Board of Trustees finalized an evaluation of Dr. David Svaldi, President of ASC, Friday, giving him a grade of “A” and authorizing a salary increase of 10.8 percent for a total of $205,000.

Svaldi, noting that his evaluation was affected by “all who work with and for me” and that ASC employees have not had salary increases for four years, asked the board to defer his salary increase until all the other employees could have raises, too.

In other business, the Adams State College Board of Trustees unanimously approved the lease-purchase of Evans Elementary School Friday.

The college will pay $1,750,000 for the building over approximately three and a half years. The last payment will be made in January 2014.

Bill Mansheim, vice president of finance and administration, said the final agreement should be in ready to sign by the end of October. The state Attorney General’s Office on the ASC side, and Porter Realty for the Alamosa School District are working on the wording of the contract.

State Senator Rollie Heath spoke to the trustees about Proposition 103.

Heath wants to restore Colorado’s taxes to the level they were in the 1990s so there will be more money to spend on education.

Trustee Arnold Salazar said the higher taxes would be a boon to the state’s economy.

“Cutting taxes to stimulate the economy has not worked,” Salazar said. “It just concentrates the money in the hands of a few people. We see no benefits from the continual cutting of taxes.”

Trustee Tim Walters said that while he would support Proposition 103, he also had reservations.

“Money flows to the state, but we always have to fight for our part,” Walters said. “We do that fight every year. I’m weary of it.”

Svaldi announced two people who will be speaking at the Fall Commencement: Crestina Martinez and Lee White. White is the executive vice president of George K. Baum and Co.; Martinez is the Executive Director of CarePoint, a member of El Pomar’s San Luis Valley Regional Council, and a Costilla County Commissioner.












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