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EMCC president invites Lauderdale supervisors to Scooba campus

By Staff
August 17, 2004
By Steve Gillespie / staff writer
East Mississippi Community College's new president, hoping to maintain financial support from Lauderdale County, invited supervisors Monday to visit the school's main campus in Scooba.
Rick Young, who became EMCC president July 1, distributed passes for supervisors and their guests to attend the Sept. 2 season-opening football game in Scooba against Hinds County Community College.
Young said he attended the Monday supervisors meeting to introduce himself. His appearance also came at a time when the county's financial contribution to EMCC could be reconsidered during annual budget talks.
Lauderdale County supervisors are expected to begin discussions this month on the new budget for the fiscal year that starts Oct. 1. Supervisors must give final approval to the budget by next month.
College funding
Lauderdale County is one of six counties statewide that financially supports two of the state's 15 community and junior colleges. Lauderdale County tax dollars help fund EMCC and Meridian Community College.
Most counties in the state financially support one community college.
For the fiscal year that ended Sept. 30, 2003, Lauderdale County gave EMCC $194,904. With 166 students from Lauderdale County attending EMCC in fall 2002, the contribution equaled $1,174 for each person.
At the same time, Lauderdale County gave $440,918 to MCC for the fiscal year that ended Sept. 30, 2003. With 2,087 students from the county attending MCC in fall 2002, the contribution equaled $211 for each person.
EMCC is supported by a six-county district that covers Clay, Lowndes, Oktibbeha, Noxubee, Kemper and Lauderdale counties and the school can recruit students from those counties.
MCC receives financial support from Meridian and Lauderdale County and can only recruit students from Lauderdale County.
Discussions on the funding have grown since December when MCC hosted a meeting with several community leaders and elected officials on the state and local level. The meeting was closed, but a comparison of Lauderdale County's contribution to both community colleges was discussed.
Young's plans
Young told county supervisors that EMCC also is seeking funding through grants as well as private and corporate donations.
He also told supervisors EMCC offers classes at Naval Air Station Meridian.
And he said the Mississippi Supervisors Association has two $500 scholarships available this fall to Lauderdale County students who have a financial need. He said two scholarships will be available to Kemper County students.
The scholarships are offered to counties on a rotating basis.

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