Room and board to increase

Nicole Stempak

The Board of Trustees is expected to approve a proposed room and board increase of 5.8 percent for the upcoming school year at its meeting today. That could mean an increase of about $228 per year for an average double room in Clark, Koonce or Olson halls for students on the basic meal plan.

Charlene Reed, secretary to the board, said the increase is necessary because of the university’s increased costs of food, utilities and debt services.

She said Residence Services and Dining Services do not receive support from state funds or student fees, so the costs must be paid for by those who live in the residence halls. The actual percent increase will depend on the room type and residence hall.

“(The increase) is fairly consistent with the general range that we have implemented in recent years,” Reed said, explaining Residence Services and Dining Services have been trying to cut costs on debt services, the money used to build and renovate some of the halls.

Also on the agenda is approval of the contracts for the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Local 153, which were announced Feb. 26, and approval of classroom and residence hall renovations for the summer.

The board will have its meeting at 2 p.m. in the Urban Conference Room in the executive offices.

– Nicole Stempak