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23 April 2014 Written by  Carroll G. Robinson

Letter to the Editor: The Sky Is Not Falling At Houston Community College

Since voter approval of the HCC $425 million Bond Program, in 2012, to fund the improvement and expansion of HCC facilities, the Board of Trustees has been under attack.

There are special interests, in our community, who want to dictate how, where and with whom these funds should be spent without regard for the Board and our legal responsibility to protect the taxpayers’ money.

The Board has been criticized and maligned for doing what it was elected to do – manage the affairs of HCC. To date, the Bond Program is on time and on budget. 6 of 14 construction contract recommendations, made by the administration, will have been approved by Monday. The Board of Trustees is acting in a positive and responsible manner. Some people call this micromanaging, but it is not. It’s called doing our fiduciary duty.

I will not vote blindly to approve projects that cost double the normal cost of construction, as some special interests are pushing us to do. I also will not, without questioning and reviewing, agree to build a 10 story building, for a college, that contains only 13 classrooms, no library but an entire floor dedicated to a gym.

This is not what HCC promised the voters their tax dollars would be used to build. HCC promised more classrooms, labs, library space and consensus among students, faculty, staff and administrators on what would be built.

The Board of Trustees job is not wasting taxpayers’ money and I won’t vote to do so no matter how loud the special interests scream.

HCC is in the business of educating the people of our community and those who want to improve their marketable skills with workforce training. That is what I am interested in seeing happen. This is why we are building more new buildings so that more people in our community have access to educational opportunities and workforce training.

There have been attempts to attack my character to silence me but I am the same person I have always been. I am up front, honest, fair, outspoken and a fighter for the taxpayers of our city. I have never been one to succumb to bullying. I don’t plan to start now.

I have always been, and will continue to be, a fighter for what I believe is right. If that means rubbing some people the wrong way, so be it. I will continue to ask the hard questions because I know that the taxpayers, the voters who elected me, and the people in our community who want An Opportunity To Do Better deserve no less.

Sincerely,

Carroll G. Robinson, HCC Trustee, District IV